Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer talked about Kim Kardashian West’s Paris jewelry robbery during oral arguments on a bank fraud case in court Tuesday.
Justice Breyer made the comments early into the oral arguments of Lawrence Eugene Shaw v. United States, in which a California man convicted of stealing more than $300,000 from a Taiwanese businessman’s bank account claims that he didn’t commit bank fraud.
Mr. Shaw wants his conviction overturned because Bank of America was insured and did not lose any money in the scam, the New York Daily News reported.
“Even Kardashian’s thief, if there is one, believes that all that jewelry is insured,” Justice Breyer said. “Indeed over-insured. So it’s not theft?”
When the argument moved on to a debate about the nature of fraud, Justice Breyer again mentioned Mrs. Kardashian West.
“I’m asking you,” the justice said, “if the local person comes to the door and says, dear Miss 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 will be worth it.”
“I would have always thought from first year of law school, criminal law, that that was fraud, but perhaps I was wrong,” he added.
The case was one of the first oral arguments of this year’s Supreme Court term. Decisions will be handed down in the spring, the Daily News reported.
Early Monday, armed robbers reportedly broke into a private residence in Paris where Mrs. Kardashian West was staying, bound her and locked her in a bathroom before they took off on bicycles with her possessions. French police continued hunting Tuesday for five people suspected of assaulting the reality TV star.
Mrs. Kardashian West, who was in Paris to attend fashion week shows, returned to the U.S. Monday after the robbery. Her spokeswoman said the reality TV star was “badly shaken but physically unharmed.” Her husband, rapper Kanye West, has postponed upcoming concerts in Philadelphia and Detroit to be with his family.