In 2011, he asks whether he could get a patent for discovering a “law of nature” based on the color of people’s little fingers: “If you look at a person’s little finger and notice the color That suggests aspirin, you need a little more.” he say.
In a 2010 argument on whether stealing is a violent crime, Justice Breyer suggests that’s not always the case.
“You’ve heard of cat thefts,” he said. “Well, this gentleman is called the Pussycat Thief, and the reason is that he has never harmed a soul. He only carried soft pillows as weapons. If he sees a child, he feeds them ice cream.”
Someone laughed in the courtroom after Justice Breyer described the Pussycat Theft, a popular response to his questions, saying Jay D. Wexler, a law professor at Boston University and a leading empiricist of humor on the Supreme Court. For many years, Professor Wexler said, Justice Breyer was second only to Justice Antonin Scalia in court reporters’ notations of “[laughter]In the transcript of the arguments of the Supreme Court.
Are from Justice Scalia’s death in 2016, said Professor Wexler, Justice Breyer has consistently come out on top. However, he added that the data did not reveal the volume or nature of the laughter.
In a pioneering study in 2005, Professor Wexler wrote that the simple notation “[laughter]”Unseparated” real laughter is brought about by really funny or clever humor and the kind of nervous laughter that arises when a person feels nervous or uncomfortable or is simply afraid for the future. nation’s future. “
Prof Wexler said: “Breyer gets most of his laughs from his long, complicated and inexplicable hypotheses. “Maybe people laughed at him at some point before that when he was on the bench, but towards the end of the game I think it was like, ‘Oh, it’s Breyer again with theories long, complicated, inexplicable.'”
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