During oral arguments Tuesday, Justice Antonin G. Scalia asked why “my choice of marrying whom I want” can’t be considered property.
“I think it’s more properly viewed as a liberty interest,” said Justice Department attorney Sarah E. Harrington. “It’s not a source of economic value in the sort of traditional sense.”
“A lot of people marry for money,” Scalia deadpanned, drawing laughs.
For a while there, it looked like there may be a contest between Justices Scalia and Stephen G. Breyer for the title of Funniest Justice of OT 2012. But in the end, Scalia broke away to easily win and remain undefeated since DC Dicta began keeping tally 6 years ago.
Here are the final standings of the term:
Justice Antonin G. Scalia: 50
Justice Stephen G. Breyer: 40
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.: 16
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy: 9
Justice Elena Kagan: 9
Justice Sonia M. Sotomayor: 7
Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr.: 5
Justice Clarence Thomas: 1
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 1