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June 27, 2013

So A Comedian Walks Into A Courtroom…

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.

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"La Ultima Noche" by Chuy Reyes and His Orchestra

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