For laughs, a lawyer’s research–J. D. Wexler’s of Boston University, to be precise–tells us that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is the funniest of the bunch, with Ruth Ginsburg the least funniest. In the New York Times online edition today, Adam Liptak of the NYT’s pens the following article: So, Guy Walks Up to the Bar, and Scalia Says…
From above mentioned article:
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.
I think that humor is all important, especially when dealing with such a heavy topic as the U.S. Constitution. Seriously, leaders should show wit and candor. Humans, after all, are a funny bunch. If I thought one could actually be funny and have such a serious job, I might have become a lawyer. Well, maybe not, but that sounded good to say.
If you are wondering if being conservative is dull, Scalia’s humor and Ginsburg’s lack of humor prove that theory wrong. If you think being liberal is the dour mode, then Clarence Thomas proves that theory false, too. He is the most uptight, it seems, in the court room. "Justice Clarence Thomas, who rarely speaks during arguments, gave rise to no laughter at all," says the article.