Justice Clarence Thomas Speaks After Almost 7 Years Of Silence

Source: Mike Sacks / The Huffington Post

On Monday morning, Justice Clarence Thomas broke nearly seven years of silence at Supreme Court oral arguments.

Problem is, what he said was apparently so funny that you had to be there. Really — the court’s official transcript didn’t catch his words.

Before Thomas spoke in Boyer v. Louisiana, Justice Antonin Scalia was asking the state’s attorney about the competency and experience of the lawyers for the capital defendant, Jonathan Edward Boyer. After learning that the lawyers went to Harvard and Yale law schools, Scalia said, “Son of a gun.” Then Thomas spoke.

According to the transcript, he said, “Well — he did not -­-,” followed by laughter. Louisiana’s lawyer then responded, “I would refute that, Justice Thomas.”

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