The Funniest Justice: Week 1 results

“I mean, if the police arrest Mother Teresa, they are still entitled to frisk her, right? Even though there’s little likelihood that she has a gat?”

With the first week of oral arguments in the history books, it’s time to take a look at who left them laughing the most at the Supreme Court. The justice who uttered the above statement Tuesday – spurring chuckles throughout the courtroom – is in the lead.

Justice Antonin Scalia as earned 13 laughs during oral arguments this week according to official Court transcripts, making him the funniest justice so far.

But not too far behind him is Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., who made the audience laugh seven times – including once when he mistakenly called the wrong case for argument. That laugh wasn’t intentional, but we’ll give it to him anyway.

Here are the full laugh standings:

Justice Antonin Scalia: 13

Chief Justice John Roberts: 7

Justice Stephen Breyer: 5

Justice Anthony Kennedy: 4

Justice John Paul Stevens: 2

Justice David Souter: 1

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito: 0


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