At the November oral argument in a securities case, Justice Anthony Kennedy asked Thomas Goldstein of Goldstein & Russell whether the U.S. Supreme Court could write a “clear” opinion in a certain way. Goldstein answered: “Well, Justice Kennedy, I have learned that the answer to the question: Can the Supreme Court do X, is always, yes.”

Goldstein’s quip triggered laughter throughout the courtroom and smiles across the bench. It was a reminder that despite the loss of Justice Antonin Scalia’s wicked wit, humor still could be found in even the driest of cases.

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