Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' most memorable questions at oral argument took place on Dec. 11, 2002, in the case of Virginia v. Black, a test of a Virginia law that made it a crime to burn a cross with the purpose of intimidation. Thomas' line of questioning, involving the "reign of terror" of the Ku Klux Klan and other groups in the South, framed cross burning as a uniquely powerful act of terrorism.
Thomas Found His Voice in Cross-Burning Case
The National Law Journal
February 22, 2010