Thursday, October 18, 2007

Scotus: Who's good for a laugh?

Our sister blog, DC Dicta, has issued a verdict on which of the Supremes is funniest this term and the result may surprise you. So far, Justice Antonin Scalia has gotten the most laughs, according to oral argument transcripts.

Second runner-up? Hail to the Chief: John G. Roberts, Jr.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has yet to produce laughter this term, and Justice Clarence Thomas (our favorite due to Winnebago fame) hasn't commented since fall of 2005.

Scalia also finished first in a survey of the October 2004 term by Jay D. Wexler, a law professor at Boston University, as
reported in The New York Times. (Prior to that term, transcripts did not identify the justices by name.)

Are conservative justices the quickest with a quip, in your experience?

-JACKIE SAUTER, Multimedia Editor

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