Justice Thomas Breaks a Seven Year Silence on the Court

Carol Keough January 24, 2013

Why has Justice Thomas maintained silence during oral argument before the Supreme Court for more than 7 years? Justice Thomas himself has reportedly said that he is silent out of simple courtesy. Last year according to the Wall Street Journal, Justice Thomas said that “when someone is talking, somebody ought to listen.”

However, on January 14, 2013, his silence was broken. During oral argument regarding the competence of defense counsel, the Wall Street Journal reported that Justice Thomas may have made a funny remark about Yale defense counsel. Only a few words were officially recorded: “Well –he did not—-“. Follow this link for more on what Justice Thomas said when the silence was broken according to the Wall Street Journal…


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