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CBS Highlights Study Claiming Supreme Court Justices Are Sexist

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<p>To cap off Wednesday&rsquo;s <em>CBS Evening News</em>, the network spotlighted <a href="https://poseidon01.ssrn.com/delivery.php?ID=114069009009103120024018098…; target="_blank">a study</a> by a pair of Northwestern University law professors who claim the United States Supreme Court is a sexist workplace based exclusively on who interrupts who. &ldquo;And at the Supreme Court, women broke the glass ceiling. Now, if the men don&rsquo;t mind, they&rsquo;d like to have the floor,&rdquo; argued Anchor Scott Pelley during the opening tease.</p>

<p>When the segment finally rolled around at the end of the show, Pelley quipped that &ldquo;The first amendment guarantees the right to free speech, but is there a constitutional right to finish a sentence?&rdquo;</p>

<p>&ldquo;Since cameras are not allowed when the Supreme Court is in session, picturing interaction among the justices can be a challenge,&rdquo; stated Jim Axelrod when he started his report, &ldquo;But a new study coauthored by Northwestern law professor Tanja Jacobi suggests they might be more familiar than you think.&rdquo;</p>

<p>He sat down with one of the co-authors of the study Tanja Jacobi, who claimed that &ldquo;Female justices are interrupted about three times as often as male justices.&rdquo; From there Axelrod played audio from a 2013 affirmative action case, Fisher v. The University of Texas, where Justice Antonin Scalia interrupted Justice Sonia Sotomayor:</p>

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<p>SONIA SOTOMAYOR: Do you think that change has to happen overnight? And do you think it&rsquo;s-</p>

<p>ANTONIN SCALIA: Can I&mdash;can I hear what you were about to say? What are those numbers? I was really curious to hear those numbers.</p>
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