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Mystery solved: What Thomas actually said

Brace yourselves: The simmering mystery over the words Justice Clarence Thomas used to break his nearly seven-year silence during oral arguments has been solved!

The U.S. Supreme Court has published the final – and revised – transcript from oral arguments in the ineffective assistance case Boyer v. Louisiana revealing the joke Thomas cracked in response to Justice Antonin G. Scalia’s observation that the defendant’s attorneys went to Harvard and Yale law schools.

“Well, there – see, he did not provide good counsel,” Thomas replied, drawing laughter from his colleagues.


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