Saturday, 31 December 2005

Scalia, the funniest Justice

In a forthcoming article, Professor Jay D. Wexler, of the Boston University School of Law, creates a humor profile of the U.S. Supreme Court Justices over the 2004 term. Wexler concludes that the funniest Justice, Antonin Scalia, is 19 times funnier than Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The article, "Laugh Track," will appear in the next issue of The Green Bag.

See also, in the New York Times, "So, Guy Walks Up to the Bar, and Scalia Says...:"

Justice Antonin Scalia's wit is widely admired, and now it has been quantified. He is, a new study concludes, 19 times as funny as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. [...]

Jay D. Wexler, a law professor at Boston University, was quick to exploit the new data to analyze the relative funniness of the justices. His study, which covers the nine-month term that began [in October 2004], has just been published in a law journal called The Green Bag. Justice Scalia was the funniest justice, at 77 "laughing episodes." On average, he was good for slightly more than one laugh — 1.027, to be precise — per argument.

NYT graphic showing number of [laughter] interruptions for each Supreme Court Justice

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