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Heh: Justice Clarence Thomas Breaks Courtroom Silence, Transcript Doesn't Understand Him

accept reality Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 9:13 AM
With Anita Hill's false testimony, the left thought they had a sure-fire way to 'Bork' justice Thomas. They failed miserably and cannot get over the fact that a black conservative has performed so brilliantly on the court. How dare he leave the liberal plantation.
wtmoore1 Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 10:52 AM
Performed "brilliantly"?

He's so far to the right of all the other justices that they rarely even assign him to write the opinion when he's in the majority. Except for his written opinion in the area of sexual harassment, which is true irony at work.

I don't have a problem with conservative jurists, but I do have a problem with someone so far to the right that he makes himself virtually irrelevant. He doesn't ask questions during oral arguments because he already knows how he will vote-- and it has much more to do with ideology than the facts of the case. Reading a Thomas opinion rarely happens, but when it does, the rationale generally leaves much to be desired.
accept reality Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 12:16 PM

Would I be rash in assuming you do not hold the reliably ultra liberal justices (those who never vary from liberal dogma) to the same standard?
Rich D. Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 12:56 PM
You can claim that, but can you back any of it up? Give us some examples of his deficient reasoning with your critiques.

Perhaps not asking questions means that he has prepared anticipated the arguments.
DCM in FL Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 3:18 PM
"Except for his written opinion in the area of sexual harassment, which is true irony at work."

Given the falseness of the accusations, there's no irony here.
RGR28 Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 7:44 AM
My God. A sane voice in the wilderness.

Justice Clarence Thomas is known for his stalwart silence during Supreme Court hearings, but today, for the first time in seven years, he broke his silence -- and the transcript didn't even fully understand what he said. What's more, it appears he made a joke, but the official record doesn't contain the full sentence. The New York Times reports on the humorous moment in court, and the recordkeeping mix-up:

The justices were considering the qualifications of a death penalty defense lawyer in Louisiana, and Justice Antonin Scalia noted that she had graduated from Yale Law School, which...