Justice Thomas speaks
posted at 4:30 pm on January 14, 2013 by Erika Johnsen
Finally breaking his famously characteristic oral-argument silence of seven years, Justice Clarence Thomas actually spoke up and cracked a joke during Supreme Court proceedings on Monday. Unfortunately, exactly what he said isn’t clear, but everybody laughed.
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 and another had gone to Yale. …
No matter what Thomas said, his streak of not asking a question at oral arguments continues. He last queried a lawyer Feb. 22, 2006.