Kim Kardashian’s robbery came up in Supreme Court case since even justices keep up with the Kardashians

News of Kim Kardashian’s robbery in a Paris apartment early Monday morning quickly swept the nation, with some concerned for the celeb’s safety and others finding it “too good to be true” that a woman was bound, gagged, and held at gunpoint. Nevertheless, Kardashian’s robbery came up at the Supreme Court Tuesday when Justice Stephen Breyer used it to help make his point on bank fraud. Glad to know SCOTUS keeps up with the Kardashians as well as the hot legal gossip.

The Court was hearing oral arguments in Lawrence Eugene Shaw v. United States, which centers around a man who claims he didn’t technically commit bank fraud when draining another man’s bank account because the bank was insured and therefore didn’t actually lose money in the scam. Breyer wanted to discuss whether or not having insurance means it can’t be fraud, and for some reason thought Kardashian’s traumatizing situation was the perfect scenario to compare the bank case to.

Altering the story to fit his argumentative needs and questioning whether or not the theft even happened, Breyer asked the defense: “Even Kardashian’s thief, if there is one, believes that all jewelry is insured. Indeed overinsured. So it’s not theft?”

His mostly made up hypothetical situation continued:

“I’m asking you, if the local person comes to the door and says, ‘Dear Ms. Kardashian, I am your local jewelry cleaner. Please give me your jewelry.’ She does. And that’s not fraud. He wanted to get the jewelry. He also believed that the friend had just loaned it for the evening, that she’s triple insured, that she won’t even lose any money because the publicity would be worth it. OK?

Now my question is: There’s the statute. I would have always thought from first year of law school, criminal law, that that was fraud, but perhaps I was wrong. So I would like you to explain it.”

Although Breyer knew the celeb was robbed, he didn’t get the details right. First of all, there was no pretext of a jewelry cleaner. Two men dressed as police officers reportedly came into Kardashian’s rented apartment, bound and gagged her, locked her in the bathroom, and then stole millions of dollars worth of jewelry.

In his scenario, Kardashian is supposed to represent the bank. She likely did have insurance on the jewels, but isn’t claiming the thieves committed fraud — more like armed robbery. Regardless, it seems like Breyer doesn’t buy Shaw’s argument that the bank scam wasn’t fraud.