Monday, January 14, 2013

Mute Supreme Court Justice Speaks After 7 Years of Silence

Justice Thomas speaks for 1st time in 7 years 

January 14, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas did something at a Supreme Court argument Monday for the first time in nearly seven years — he spoke.

The enigmatic and sometimes controversial Justice has made it a practice since 2006, not to speak or ask questions during oral arguments involving cases being decided by the Court.  This bizarre behavior has been noted by many court watchers, with some contending it effectively makes the Court an eight member body instead of the legally constituted nine members.

Even when he finally chose to speak what he said was not clear other than it appeared to be a joke about Ivy League lawyers.

Thomas hasn't asked a serious question in court since February 22, 2006.

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