Two years and 142 cases have passed since Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas last spoke up at oral arguments. It is a period of unbroken silence that contrasts with the rest of the Court's unceasing inquiries. Hardly a case goes by without eight justices peppering lawyers with questions. Oral arguments offer justices the chance to resolve nagging doubts about a case, probe its weaknesses or make a point to their colleagues. Thomas takes it all in, but he never joins in.
Justice Thomas Silent Through More Than Two Years of Supreme Court Arguments
The Associated Press
February 25, 2008