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The Making Of A SCOTUS Robe (VIDEO)

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The Bentley and Simon Robe Factory in Salem, Virginia is waiting for a phone call from Supreme Court justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor. Since 1912, the company has created judicial gowns for the country's top judges and currently clothes at least eight of the nine Supreme Court justices. Because it takes five weeks to produce each robe, the seamstresses make only 2,000 robes each year. But every garment has a lifetime guarantee: an investment fit for a justice.


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