The Funniest Justice, week 12: Fair and funny

breyer“I didn’t want to complicate it,” Justice Stephen Breyer said to attorney Carter Phillips Tuesday during oral arguments in Gross v. FBL Financial Services. “But that may work in your favor to complicate it, and I want to be fair.”

scaliafunnyThat is one of the two comments made by Breyer that drew laughs from the audience at the Supreme Court this week. But in the funniest justice contest, it is Justice Antonin Scalia who extended his lead a little by garnering three laughs.

Here are the laugh standings as of yesterday:

Justice Antonin Scalia: 39

Justice Stephen Breyer: 32

Chief Justice John Roberts: 26

Justice David Souter: 11

Justice Anthony Kennedy: 10

Justice John Paul Stevens: 10

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 5

Justice Samuel Alito: 2

Justice Clarence Thomas: 0 (No oral argument questions or comments since Feb. 22, 2006).

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