Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Humorists at the Supreme Court

Who knew the justices at the Supreme Court were funny? Jay Wexler, a law professor at Boston University, wrote in "Laugh Track" in the Green Bag law journal that Justice Scalia was the funniest in the 2004-2004 term, with 77 laughing episodes and a LEIPPA (Laughter Episodes Instigated Per Argument Average) of 1.027. The New York Times followed up on this study in "So, Guy Walks Up to the Bar, and Scalia Says..." (link may require free registration) stating that in the current term Justice Breyer is edging out Justice Scalia with a 28-25 lead. (Ok, what passes as justice humor might not bring down the house at your average get together, but there are some good ones like, this one from Justice Kennedy: "Recently I lost my luggage. I had to go to the lost and found at the airline, and the lady said has my plane landed yet.")

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