Monday, January 10, 2011; 11:41 AM
The Supreme Court tweaked its schedule to make sure that its first oral argument on Monday ended precisely before the 11 a.m. moment of silence called by President Obama to honor the victims of the Arizona shooting. All nine justices bent their heads and closed their eyes, and the packed courtroom fell silent until Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said, "Thank you." Roberts had earlier told those in the ornate courtroorm that the moment would be observed "to honor the innocent victims of the tragedy." "That senseless shooting on Saturday caused devastating injury to persons who all, in their own way, contribute to the strength of our nation," he said. "The victims include a dedicated member of the federal judiciary, Chief Judge John Roll of the District of Arizona. I speak for the members of this court in extending our condolences to all the victims and their families."