Monday, October 03, 2005
Oyez, Oyez, Oyez
In a centuries-old ritual, Justice John Paul Stevens is seen here giving newly confirmed Chief Justice John Roberts incorrect directions to the third floor Supreme Court men's room shortly before Roberts was to take the bench for the first time. Later, in keeping with a tradition established by the first U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Jay in 1789, Justices David Souter, Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg surprised Roberts at lunchtime by forcibly holding him upside-down and repeatedly dunking his head in the toilet. Reports that Roberts was then subjected to an impromptu but highly spirited "spanking machine" could not be confirmed.