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Blackmun Papers: Humor in the Court

Most of the business of the nation's highest court is deadly serious, but members occasionally allow themselves a little levity. As acting chief justice, Blackmun once scheduled square dancing at the Supreme Court building and ordered the court cat to chase Boris, "the rat upstairs." NPR's Nina Totenberg continues her series on the now-public files of the late Justice Harry Blackmun.

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Nina Totenberg is NPR's award-winning legal affairs correspondent. Her reports air regularly on NPR's critically acclaimed newsmagazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition.