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The Funniest Justice, week 4: Simple laughter

“So, simplify your response for me,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor told Justice Department attorney Sarah Harrington during oral arguments Tuesday in the case Smith v. U.S.

“Okay,” Harrington began. “Well, if you look at §3282, which is the statute of limitations, it says that the crime –”

“That’s not a simple response,” Sotomayor interjected, drawing laughs from the onlookers inside the Supreme Court.

This week Sotomayor landed on the board of our ongoing tally of the term’s Funniest Justice in a big way, earning three laughs and tying Justice Antonin Scalia as the funniest justice of the week. Here are the latest standings:

Justice Antonin G. Scalia: 6

Justice Stephen G. Breyer: 5

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.: 3

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy: 3

Justice Sonia M. Sotomayor: 3

Justice Elena Kagan: 1

Justice Clarence Thomas: 0

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 0

Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr.: 0

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