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Clarence Thomas breaks long silence
during Supreme Court oral arguments

Washington Post, by Robert Barnes

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 1/14/2013 2:51:05 PM

Justice Clarence Thomas broke his nearly seven-year silence at Supreme Court oral arguments Monday. But no one is sure exactly what he said. Thomas seemed to be making a light-hearted joke about lawyers trained at his alma mater Yale Law School or its rival, Harvard. But several justices were speaking and laughing at the time, and the court reporter lost Thomas’s comments during the cross talk. His comments came during questions about the qualifications of lawyers who had represented a Louisiana man in a murder case. Justice Antonin Scalia noted that one of the lawyers had attended Harvard

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I think he was joking, but it is major news.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Hooter, 1/14/2013 3:08:16 PM     (No. 9116146)

And the beat goes on. He´s off the plantation and has to have the Saul Alenski treatment.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: lakerman1, 1/14/2013 3:21:55 PM     (No. 9116174)

The questions during oral arguments are mostly for self edification of the justices. Breyer is especially in love with his own voice.
Matters before the Court are briefed to death. Justice Thomas, who may be the best legal mind on the Court, understands that.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: gagolfer, 1/14/2013 3:57:14 PM     (No. 9116222)

You´d think every justice about to consider the most important legal questions that will affect the whole country would have had at least one question or need clarification of at least one legal arguement in 7 years. A little strange.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: KingBubo, 1/14/2013 4:26:51 PM     (No. 9116273)

I agree to a point #3. I may be able to understand given that these cases have been heard by numerous judges before the cases got to this level.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Immanuel Goldstein, 1/14/2013 4:28:33 PM     (No. 9116280)

#3; It´s his style. Being on a panel with eight other justices, Clarence Thomas does not feel the need to ask questions. He prefers to sit there, drink in all the pertinent information and make his decision in written form. It´s in his writings that he has become perhaps the most influential justice on the Supreme Court.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: obviousity, 1/14/2013 5:07:40 PM     (No. 9116361)

I believe this story is based on bad research.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: yorkiemom, 1/14/2013 7:00:48 PM     (No. 9116548)

Justice Thomas explains why he doesn´t talk if you read the article. I guess he should be in lockstep with the others?? I think he is entitled to do as he chooses.

Check out the first comment after the article. Filth from a lefty as usual.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: kanphil, 1/14/2013 7:08:00 PM     (No. 9116558)

The photo illustrates that Justice Thomas and Justice Scalia take their jobs seriously. The Grinning Ape Roberts clearly does not.

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