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Breyer finds his funny bone

Oral arguments have concluded for yet another month, so it’s time again to consult the transcripts to find out who, so far this term, is the funniest justice.

Those who have been keeping track know the answer to this already, since Justice Antonin Scalia has had a dramatic lead in this category all term, pulling in more laughs so far than the next three funniest justices combined.

But Justice Stephen Breyer seems to hit his comic stride, garnering just as many laughs as Scalia in the month of March, and passing surprisingly-funny Justice David Souter in the rankings to pull into a second-place tie with Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.

Here’s the tally so far this term:

Justice Antonin Scalia: 56
Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.: 17
Justice Stephen Breyer: 17
Justice David Souter: 16
Justice Anthony Kennedy: 9
Justice John Paul Stevens: 7
Justice Samuel Alito, Jr.: 4
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 3
Justice Clarence Thomas (silent as always during arguments): 0

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