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Thomas unaware he was the talk of the town

Justice Clarence Thomas made headlines when he broke his self-imposed code of silence during oral arguments in January. But apparently, he was unaware of the buzz his rare remark created.

When a student asked Thomas, who was speaking Tuesday at Duquesne University, what he thought of the media’s attention to his broken silence, Thomas said it was the first he’d heard of it.

“Well, first of all, my philosophy about the news is never watching it,” Justice Thomas said, to applause and laughter according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Thomas said he missed the early years of his Supreme Court tenure, when justices were allowed to ask a series of questions before the next justice would chime in. Things are different now, he said.

“Today, it’s just, my goodness, everybody’s got a question,” Thomas said, the Pot-Gazette reports. “I just think there are too many questions. I think that we have capable advocates and we should let the capable advocates talk.”

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