Posted in Words by Mike Sacks on January 11, 2010

Thanks to Tony Mauro at the Blog of the Legal Times:

This morning, the new word du jour was “orthogonal,” a mainly mathematical term for things that are perpendicular or at right angles to each other. University of Michigan law professor Richard Friedman, arguing for the plaintiffs in the Confrontation Clause case of Briscoe v. Virginia today, used the word in a broader sense to signify propositions that are extraneous or irrelevant to each other.

Check out the rest of Mauro’s report for Friedman’s exchange with the justices.

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