March 28, 2011
Justice Breyer Hopes Someone Will Read His Dissenting Opinions
During oral argument in the case J.D.B v. North Carolina last week comes the following SCOTUS exchange from the bench:
“You know the sentence I’m referring to in my dissent, presumably?” Breyer asked.
“Some people don’t read the dissents - he may not have read it,” Justice Antonin Scalia interjected, drawing laughter.
“I live always in hope,” Breyer said.
DC Dicta reports that "the Breyer-Scalia comedy team dominated again [last] week at the Supreme Court. The duo collectively scored seven of the 10 laughs recorded on the transcripts [last] week." At the moment Justice Scalia leads with 35 laughs, Justice Breyer is in second place with 23. See The Funniest Justice, week 11: Take my dissent, please! for the full tally of the SCOTUS laugh track during oral arguments so far this term. [JH]