Ruth Bader Ginsburg slept yesterday as the justices debated the aesthetics of three congressional districts in Texas.

Normally I am loath to link to Dana Milbank but this little tidbit is funny. I’m known to get sleepy in a darkened room too so I’m not really poking fun at Justice Bader Ginsburg. I’m snoring with her.

But the geometric discussion evidently did not interest Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. At first, she appeared to be reading something in her lap. But after a while, it became clear: Ginsburg was napping on the bench. By Bloomberg News’s reckoning — not denied by a court spokeswoman — Ginsburg’s snooze lasted a quarter of an hour.

It’s lucky for Ginsburg that the Supreme Court has so far refused to allow television in the courtroom, for her visit to the land of nod would have found its way onto late-night shows. It’s perhaps also lucky for Chief Justice John Roberts, who hectored Nina Perales, a lawyer for a Mexican American group, as if she were an unprepared law student: “Your argument is at cross-purposes. . . . What relevance does that have?”

Hat tip: Betsy’s Page