Be The Tenth Justice in FantasySCOTUS

October 20, 2010 -

The FairfaxCounty Times profiles Josh Blackman, a 2009 graduate of George Mason University's law school, who (for the purpose of discussion here) created an interesting fantasy league game about the Supreme Court. That game, www.fantasyscotus.net, lets users be the "tenth justice," deciding (or predicting the outcomes of) the big cases of the day.

"The idea really began last year during the [Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission] case," Blackman told the paper. "A friend ... was like, 'What do you think the odds are on this case?' ... I took that idea and ran with it."

The fantasy league game is in its second year, and has about 5,000+ participants.

Competitors in the league try to predict what a justice will do with a given case: vote to affirm, reverse to the lower court or recuse themselves from a case. Ten points are awarded for each correct answer and various awards and badges of honor are given out based on performance. The player with highest score is awarded the Golden Gavel trophy and is the title of Chief Justice of FantasySCOTUS.

While the league is available to the public, this year there is a special version of the league for teachers and students with the help of the Harlan Institute. The school program plans on focusing on five cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including Snyder v. Phelps, and Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association, which will decide whether the California law restricting the sale of violent video games violates game creators' free speech.

Teachers can learn more about how to sign up at harlaninstitute.org.

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InfophileSo... he's sea-lioning? http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/sea-lioning05/30/2015 - 5:29pm
Goth_SkunkAnd those are examples just targeting me specifically. Nevermind targeting others like Mattsworkname or DocMelonhead05/30/2015 - 5:28pm
DocMelonheadWhich is why it's fitting to call him/her a troll; bait the GG sympathizer and attack them through guilt of supporting a hate movement05/30/2015 - 5:28pm
Goth_Skunk1. http://ow.ly/NEH62 | 2. http://ow.ly/NEHfW | 3. http://ow.ly/NEHPN | 4. http://ow.ly/NEHWM | 5. http://ow.ly/NEIcR05/30/2015 - 5:27pm
MattsworknameThe being said, Ip loves to demand you answer specific claims and when you do, he then immedately shifts to another tactic rather then address your repsonses05/30/2015 - 5:23pm
MattsworknameThe problem is that gamergate has no organization or leaders so no one can really claim direct libel unless they got directly named and attacked. The double edged sword of internet activism at work.05/30/2015 - 5:22pm
DocMelonhead@InfoPhile true, but it seems like Iron Patriot been shoving his/her opinion down the the throats of GG sympathizer.05/30/2015 - 5:19pm
InfophilePlus, it discusses a movement, not a person. Libel usually only applies to people in the US (though some countries, like the UK, will hear libel cases against organizations)05/30/2015 - 5:16pm
DocMelonheadBut don't have Iron Patriot get to you Goth_Skunk. He/she just wanted GamerGater to GTHO of GamePolitics and back into their basement.05/30/2015 - 5:16pm
InfophileTo be libel, it has to be a statement of fact, not a matter of opinion. That's easily construable as an opinion, as it reflects on the perceived goals of a movement05/30/2015 - 5:15pm
DocMelonheadI think that GamerGate is nothing but a Failed attempt to kick Women out of Gaming is libel enough.05/30/2015 - 5:13pm
Mattsworknamethat out in people.05/30/2015 - 5:13pm
MattsworknameWhile IM no fan of Ip, and think he acts exceddingly dicksh most of the time, I dont know if its gone far enough to be ,abusive, Uncivil yes, of that I have not doubt, but at the same time, there have been moments when Im also uncivil to ip. he brings05/30/2015 - 5:13pm
InfophileGoth_Skunk: Could you point to an example of libel? That is, a statement that's false, defamatory, and made in either the knowledge it's false or with reckless disregard for the truth (that's the definition in US law, at least)05/30/2015 - 5:12pm
Andrew EisenGP staff will take another look.05/30/2015 - 5:11pm
DocMelonheadBecause right now it seems that Iron Patriot doesn't want GG supporters to go on GamerPolitics and spreads lies about the Movement.05/30/2015 - 5:11pm
DocMelonheadPersonally, I suggest that we invite other GamerGaters to participate in the Comment section, and see were we go from here.05/30/2015 - 5:10pm
DocMelonheadHeck, they even allowed us to slander Anita Sarkeesian.05/30/2015 - 5:09pm
Goth_SkunkIdeally, skip the warning altogether and go straight to account termination. In my opinion, there's more than enough evidence to warrant such an act.05/30/2015 - 5:07pm
DocMelonheadI think it's best to ignore IP for now, Harassment of any group and or person is acceptable here as long as it's not straight up hate speech.05/30/2015 - 5:07pm
 

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