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The funniest justice, week 3: The dirty work

“We don’t like to decide these questions, you know, initially. We like to have some lower court do the dirty work, and we can correct them. It’s a lot easier that way.”

That was Justice Antonin Scalia said during oral arguments in NRG Power Marketing, LLC v. Maine Pub. Util. Comm’n Tuesday, drawing one of the six laughs he earned this week. That pads Scalia’s lead so far in the Funniest Justice contest.

It’s worth nothing that Justice Stephen Breyer earned three laughs this week – an impressive number considering he had laryngitis.

Here are the laugh standings:

Justice Antonin Scalia: 19

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.: 10

Justice Stephen Breyer: 6

Justice Anthony Kennedy: 3

Justice John Paul Stevens: 2

Justice Samuel Alito: 1

Justice Clarence Thomas (Thomas has remained silent during oral arguments since Feb. 22, 2006): 0

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 0

Justice Sonia Sotomayor: 0

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