February oral arguments are over, so it’s time for our monthly check on who, so far, is the Supreme Court’s funniest justice.
Neither the order of funniness nor Justice Antonin Scalia’s commanding lead has changed since last month. But the race for second place is getting tighter and tighter. Justices David Souter and Stephen Breyer got some laughs this month, and are catching up to Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., who didn’t grab any laughs over the past two weeks.
Here are the current standings, reflecting the number of laughs each justice has earned so far this term (according to DC Dicta’s review of Court transcripts):
Justice Antonin Scalia: 51
Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.: 14
Justice David Souter: 12
Justice Stephen Breyer: 12
Justice John Paul Stevens: 6
Justice Anthony Kennedy: 6
Justice Samuel Alito, Jr.: 3
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 2
Justice Clarence Thomas (silent as always during arguments): 0