The execrable conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas finally said something in a U.S. Supreme Court hearing. He hasn’t spoken during oral arguments (which is how the hearings are conducted) since 2006, and
Justice Thomas leaned into his microphone, and in the midst of a great deal of cross talk among the justices, cracked a joke. Or so it seemed to people in the courtroom.
The official transcript confirms that Justice Thomas spoke, for the first time since Feb 22, 2006. It attributes these words to him, after a follow-up comment from Justice Scalia concerning a male graduate of Harvard Law School: “Well – he did not —.” That is all the transcript recites.
Thomas’s four words of wisdom followed this exchange, reported by the Los Angeles Times:
Justice Antonin Scalia, taking the state’s side, said Boyer’s lawyers certainly appeared qualified. [The issue is whether a Louisiana inmate had comptent lawyers.]
“She was a graduate of Yale Law School, wasn’t she?” asked Scalia.
Yes, she is a “very impressive attorney,” replied Carla Sigler, an assistant district attorney from Lake Charles, La.
“And another of his counsel, he was a graduate of Harvard Law School,” Scalia continued. “Son of a gun,” he added.
“Well, he did not…” Thomas said, his words mostly drowned out by cross talk.
“I would refute that, Justice Thomas,” Sigler replied, apparently defending the view that a Yale or Harvard law degree is solid proof the attorney is minimally competent.
Thomas is a godawful justice, who simply follows Scalia’s lead, breaks no legal ground, and always takes the part of the wealthy and the Republican. He exemplifies the politicization of the Court, and I fervently wish he would go. No chance of that.