Interesting Facts You Learn From Reading Supreme Court Opinions

“‘Golds’ are permanent or removable mouth jewelry, also referred to as ‘grills.’ See Mouth Jewelry Wearers Love Gleam of the Grill, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Feb. 4, 2007, p. 5, 2007 WLNR 2187080. See also A. Westbrook, Hip Hoptionary 59 (2002) (defining a ‘grill’ as a ‘teeth cover, usually made of gold and diamonds’). -Thomas, J., dissenting in Smith v. Cain.

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  1. Anon321 says:

    Another interesting colloquy from the oral argument:

    JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR: In short, faded hair cuts and gold teeth were not a unique characteristic.
    MR. SHANMUGAM: They were not uncommon in the 1990s.
    JUSTICE SCALIA: What were these –
    JUSTICE SCALIA: They are uncommon to me.
    JUSTICE SCALIA: These — these were not gold teeth that were implanted, right? Was it some kind of a mouthpiece of gold?
    MR. SHANMUGAM: I have to admit that my familiarity with this practice is perhaps not that much greater than yours, Justice Scalia. But my understanding is –
    JUSTICE SCALIA: I’m sorry to hear that.
    MR. SHANMUGAM: My understanding is that these are gold teeth that are worn either as temporary or perhaps semi-permanent implants, and that in hip-hop culture in the 1990s this was relatively common. But whatever the provenance of this practice, it is undisputed on this record that multiple other suspects had those characteristics.