Wednesday, the last of three days of oral arguments on the federal health care reform law, Solicitor General Edwin Kneedler urged the Court to sever any portion of the law held unconstitutional from the rest of the statute.
It was fitting that during such an historic week at the Court, Scalia would garner an unprecedented number of laughs: a whopping 15, easily earning him the title of the Funniest Justice of the week, and all but cementing his fourth consecutive title for the whole term.
There was apparently plenty to laugh at about the health care law and its individual mandate. In addition’s to Scalia’s comedic quips, Justices Anthony Kennedy, Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan each earned three laughs, and Chief Justice John G. Roberts and Justice Sonia Sotomayor each earned one.
With only two weeks to go, here are the standings for the term so far:
Justice Antonin Scalia: 59
Justice Stephen Breyer: 41
Chief Justice John G. Roberts: 25
Justice Anthony Kennedy: 9
Justice Samuel Alito: 5
Justice Elena Kagan: 5
Justice Sonia Sotomayor: 2
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 1
Justice Clarence Thomas: 0