Supreme Court closes its doors

How many judges does it take to change a light bulb?

Four: One trial judge to change the bulb, and three appellate judges to tell him he did it wrong.  (I take no responsibility for coming up with this joke.  I found it here)

So taking the joke a step further, how many United States Supreme Court justices does it take to change a light bulb? 

I don’t know the answer to that one, but it apparently takes no fewer than five justices to close a door.  Beginning today, May 4, 2010, visitors to the U.S. Supreme Court may no longer enter the building through the front doors.  Rather visitors will have to enter through security doors on the side.  Only upon leaving the building may visitors walk through the bronze doors and pass under the famous engraving “Equal Justice Under Law.”  Yesterday’s announcement regarding the closure of the entrance was accompanied by a dissent by Justice Breyer, joined by Justice Ginsburg.  So in reaching the conclusion that it takes no fewer than five U.S. Supreme Court Justices to close a door, it seems that it takes two to dissent and at least three to compose the majority.

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