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Finding humor in Supreme Court oral arguments




A policewoman stands at her post in front of the Supreme Court on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC.
A policewoman stands at her post in front of the Supreme Court on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC.
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Trial consultant Ryan Malphurs reviews Supreme Court oral arguments and parses them for instances of humor.

In his most recent study he found conservatives are more jocular than liberals on the court, and Justice Scalia is the class clown. Mulphurs tells host A Martinez that humor plays an important role in the Court's interactions, and it's generally not mean-spirited.