Justice Clarence Thomas broke a decade-long silence Monday when he “suddenly started asking questions from the Supreme Court bench,” The New York Times reports.
“After saying nothing for years during oral arguments that have helped shape the fabric of American law, Justice Thomas seemed eager to re-engage as he subjected a government lawyer to a number of pointed inquiries,” the story reports. “But Justice Thomas said nothing to clear up why he had chosen to end his silence now, exactly 10 years and one week after his last question.”
The Times adds: “His record will stand for a long time — it has no modern competition. It has been at least 45 years since any other member of the court went even a single term without asking a question.”