Is the law ever a laughing matter? For some courtroom lawyers, it can be.
But only a few are ever courageous enough to try delivering jokes in the toughest room in the country: the Supreme Court of the United States.
In this story, Josiah Jenkins presents a brief history of attempted comedy. Once, a lawyer arguing in the landmark Roe v. Wade case opened with a joke - and failed. And while one has successfully dropped punch lines in several recent arguments, another once tried a joke at Justice Antonin Scalia’s expense - and regretted it dearly.
This story originally aired on the Life of the Law podcast.