Clarence Thomas: Justices Ask Too Many Questions

Lawyers deserve a chance to talk, he argues
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2012 2:12 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Clarence Thomas thinks that his fellow Supreme Court justices asked too many questions during the recent oral arguments over health care—and that they ask too many questions, period, reports AP. "I don't see where that advances anything," Thomas told an audience at the University of Kentucky last night. "Maybe it's the Southerner in me. Maybe it's the introvert in me, I don't know. I think that when somebody's talking, somebody ought to listen."

Thomas, who is notorious for being silent during court hearings, drew applause from the crowd as he criticized his colleagues' habit of of interrupting lawyers. "We have a lifetime to go back in chambers and to argue with each other," he said. "They have 30, 40 minutes per side for cases that are important to them and to the country. They should argue. That's part of the process." (Read more Clarence Thomas stories.)

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