Supreme Court Falling apart

Supreme Court Falling apart

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    Supreme Court Falling apart
    Pieces of Marble Fall From Court Facade By ANDREW BRIDGES, Associated Press Writer
    21 minutes ago

    A basketball-sized piece of marble molding fell from the facade over the entrance to the Supreme Court Monday, landing on the steps near visitors waiting to enter the building.

    No one was injured when the stone fell. The chunk of Vermont marble was part of the dentil molding that serves as a frame for nine sculptural figures completed in 1935. The piece that fell was over the figure of Order, near the peak of the building's pediment, and to the right of the figure of Liberty, who has the scales of justice on her lap.

    A group of visitors had just entered the building and had passed under the pediment when the stone fell at 9:30 a.m. EST.

    Jonathan Fink, a government attorney waiting in line to attend arguments, said, "All of a sudden, these blocks started falling. It was like a thud, thud."

    Ed Fisher, a government worker, said some of the marble pieces shattered, spraying the terrace four floors below the pediment with smaller chunks of stone. A group of students from Columbus, Ohio, tried to pocket some of the fragments as souvenirs, Fisher said.

    "A few of us attempted to. The police officers were like 'you have to put that back,'" said Sarah Rosenblum, 13, a member of the 8th grade class.

    A short time later, workers loaded the roughly 40 pieces into plastic fruit crates and carried them away. Architects estimated a 12 inch by 10 inch piece broke off from the pediment, Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said.

    The weight of the chunk was not immediately available. However, a cubic foot of Vermont marble weighs 172 pounds, said Robert Pye, director of the Vermont Marble Museum in Proctor, Vt.

    Earlier in the morning, dozens of people had lined up in hopes of getting a seat for arguments inside the court — a practice that is not unusual. Justices were back on the bench Monday following a two-week recess.

    The fallen marble lay directly in the center of the path up to the court entrance.

    The 70-year-old Supreme Court building is undergoing a $122 million, five-year renovation project, although it is unclear whether the accident was related to that work. The project includes an underground two-story police station.


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    Just remember it is all Bush's fault.

    Maybe we can blame it on John Roberts? Alito?

    I was surprised that any story like this from DC didn't include the phrase, "This is not believed to be the result of any terrorist attack." :smashfrea


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    I read the title and completely agreed...I thought you meant from the inside.
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    Stop one of those falling chunks safely - then it'll be the ''Supreme Caught''
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    it missed !

    perhaps a chunk to the head would have knocked some sense into a Supreme Court Judge and changed the world...

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    Dang, even the court house is trying to get rid of some of those liberal judges


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