Justice Clarence Thomas Defends His Silence

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas defended his silence during the oral arguments last week on President Obama’s healthcare law and scolded his colleagues for talking too much.

“I don’t see where that advances anything,” Thomas said of peppering attorneys with questions, according to The Associated Press. “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 has gained notoriety for his silence from the bench — the Supreme Court justice has not asked a question since 2006. No other Supreme Court justice has made it through a single year without asking a question.

Thomas defended his decision to stay mum during a 90-minute panel on Thursday evening that was moderated by the dean of the University of Kentucky’s law school.

“I don’t need to hold your hand, help you cross the street to argue a case. I don’t need to badger you,” Thomas said.

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