Justice Clarence Thomas' Silence Unmatched for 40 Years

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas celebrated an unusual anniversary today: It's been five years since he's asked a question during oral arguments. Over the years Thomas has read opinions from the bench, but the last time he spoke up spontaneously during an exchange among the justices and lawyers was in February 2006. His silence during questioning has sparked debate among court watchers over whether a justice should participate in oral arguments. Some say that the hearings are largely...Full Story
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