(The Return of) Ignatz, by Sam Heldman

Sunday, August 18, 2002

a little friendly competition? I hereby propose an open webloggers' competition, based on the U.S. Supreme Court's term that will begin in early October. The basic deal is this: Whoever ends up with the best record of predicting outcomes in all of the Term's argued cases, will win. There is plenty of information freely available on the web to allow an educated guess as to each case, I think. The prize is universal acclaim, as if you need more than that. Specific rules will be determined collectively if anybody emails me to tell me that he or she is playing. I think that the basic rules ought to be: (1) you've got to make a guess as to every argued case, and post it on your blog no later than the day before argument; and (2) the possible guesses and possible outcomes are limited to (a) affirmed; (b) reversed or vacated (even if only because of some weird procedural problem or lack of jurisdiction); (c) cert dismissed as improvidently granted; and (d) affirmed w/o opinion by an equally-divided court. If you're in, please send me an email -- first name at last name, dot net. Thanks. This offer, by the way, is not open to Justices or their law clerks. And if you want to play but don't have a blog yet, then by all means start one -- even if only for this purpose and pseudonymously if you want -- and get cracking.

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