Paging Justice Breyer
Arguments in a technical case at the Supreme Court really resonated Tuesday when Justice Stephen Breyer’s cell phone went off.
Mobile devices are prohibited in the court during oral arguments. A spokeswoman for the court chalked up Breyer’s phone faux-paus as an oversight.
“He doesn’t usually bring his phone and he forgot,” said Kathy Arberg.
The Washington Post’s Robert Barnes was in court and tweeted that Breyer appeared “red-faced” as the justice struggled to silence the offending device.
The pinging sound — the justice apparently has decided against a more distinctive ringtone — occurred near the beginning of Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court of California.
Honestly, I’m disappointed a Supreme Court Justice didn’t go with something more distinctive.