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Justice Thomas’ anniversary

Today marked a milestone for one of the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. Today’s Court session concluded without Justice Clarence Thomas asking a question or making a comment during oral arguments, making it a full six years since he has done so. The last comment from the justice during oral arguments came on Feb. 22, 2006.

The only time visitors to the court room hear Thomas’ fairly booming baritone is when the Court announces an opinion that the justice has authored – like yesterday, when he summarized the Court’s ruling in Kawashima v. Holder.

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  1. It’s not necessarily the quantity but the quality. Justice Thomas has arguably asked the two most compelling questions during oral arguments in the past 20 years (see oral arguments in Robinson v. Shell Oil Co., Nov. 6, 1996, and Virginia v. Black, Dec. 11, 2002).

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