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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Justice Alito, funny man

Former GuestPrawf Jay Wexler (BU) has written extensively on who on SCOTUS gets laughs during argument, pointing out that there has been less laughter this Term without Justice Scalia.

Well, perhaps Justice Alito is looking to fill-in the gap. Alito was, relatively speaking, a laugh riot last Monday. During the argument in Perry v. MSTB, Alito got laughs for asking who had written the CSRA, whether it was someone who enjoyed pulling wings off flies. And in the subsequent argument in Town of Chester v. Laroe Estates, Alito got laughs with an extended riff on how defendant standing makes no sense, that a defendant would be perfectly happy for the court to tell it that it must leave the case for lack of standing.


Posted by Howard Wasserman on April 23, 2017 at 11:05 AM in Howard Wasserman, Law and Politics | Permalink


Alito has that sarcastic humor thing down.

Posted by: Joe | Apr 24, 2017 12:33:19 AM


Posted by: YesterdayIKilledAMammoth | Apr 23, 2017 2:47:55 PM

I listened to the Perry audio and his delivery is much funnier than the transcript would suggest.

Posted by: Asher Steinberg | Apr 23, 2017 1:46:34 PM

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