On a Friday morning in September 1987 three justices of the Supreme Court of the United States sat in judgment on the Oxford challenge to the Bard of Avon. The moot court was held in a Methodist church in Washington, DC, before an audience of about a thousand. The case for the Bard of Avon and the case for the earl of Oxford were in the hands of two law professors.
The decision that day went against Oxford, although two of the justices expressed lingering doubts. But that was not the end of it. The following year, a similar moot court was held in London before three law lords of Great Britain. The verdict was the same; they voted in favor of Will Shakspere and against Oxford. But that still was not the end of it. 1
Since then, two of the three justices of the U.S. Supreme Court have declared they now doubt that Will Shakspere was the author. One of them, Justice Harry A. Blackmun, wrote to Charlton Ogburn:
The Oxfordians have presented a very strong--almost fully convincing--case for their point of view. The debate continues and it is well that it does. We need this enlightenment in these otherwise somewhat dismal days. If I had to