Speaking to a seminar on appellate practice in Atlanta, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas discussed the issue of cameras at the high court, threats to an independent judiciary and what he sees as a decline in old-fashioned courtroom etiquette. "It seems fashionable now for judges to be more aggressive in oral arguments," he said. "I find it unnecessary and distracting. ... I truly think oral arguments would be more useful if the justices would listen rather than debating the lawyers."
Justice Thomas Opens Up on 'Aggressive' Appellate Judges
October 27, 2006