April 25, 2017

Justice Breyer's cellphone rang during oral argument today.

SCOTUSblog reports the news and refers to the sound as a "lively chime."
Justices Samuel Alito and Elena Kagan chuckle. Breyer looks to Chief Justice John Roberts with an apologetic expression before sharing a laugh with Justice Clarence Thomas. Some of my colleagues think they see Breyer handing the phone to one of the court aides who sit behind the justices....

I would like to be able to say that after the argument, reporters retired to the press room and began discussing the finer points of personal jurisdiction. But all we can really talk about for several minutes is Justice Breyer’s cellphone....


AlbertAnonymous said...

Scalia calling from paradise... "Stephen, my friend, come visit me....."

Mike Sylwester said...

Breyer is becoming senile and should retire.

Our President Trump should nominate Ted Cruz to replace him.

eric said...

He is one of three justices that need to retire before the next 4 years is up.

rehajm said...

The 'lively chime'.

tcrosse said...

Trump calling to ask if he had Prince Albert in the can.

Rocco said...

With apologies to Lady Gaga:

Hello, hello, baby
You called, I can't hear a thing.
I have got no service
In the Court, you see, see.

Wha-wha-what did you say?
Oh, you're breaking up on me.
Sorry, I cannot hear you
I'm kinda busy.
K-kinda busy.

Stop callin', stop callin',
I don't wanna think any more.
I left my Briefs and my Cites on the Court floor
Stop callin', stop callin',
I don't wanna talk anymore
It's got my Stare Decisis on the Court floor.

Eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh
Stop telephonin' me
Eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh

Yancey Ward said...


Believe me, the taxidermists will make sure Breyer and Ginsburg don't retire while a Republican can make the pick.

Jim at said...

How professional.

TWW said...

Now if it had been the cell phone of the uppity Associate Justice Thomas...?

Mountain Maven said...

A wise judge once said, "If it rings, I own it."

The Godfather said...

One Sunday, in the middle of the sermon, a congregant's cell phone rang. Without missing a beat, the preacher said, If that's for me, tell him I'm busy right now.

I don't think anyone in the congregation ever failed to silence his cell phone after that.

Etienne said...

...and you know he uses it in the bathroom...


Paddy O said...

snicker, snicker, tee-hee, tee-hee, such funny things happen in the new century!

But in 2017, it's not that uncommon. Being shocked by it is a great gauge of age.

Rhymes From My Father said...

A phone in this most august forum
Caused a minor breach of decorum
'Twould tend to disgust us
Flouting calls for justice
But in this case 'tis best to ignore 'em


Oclarki said...

Why don't old people ever use the vibrate feature on their phones?