Justice Clarence Thomas broke his nearly seven-year silence at Supreme Court oral arguments Monday. But no one is sure exactly what he said.
Thomas seemed to be making a light-hearted joke about lawyers trained at his alma mater Yale Law School, or its rival, Harvard. But several justices were speaking and laughing at the time, and the court reporter lost Thomas’s comments during the crosstalk.
I am obliged to note that, while there are many good reasons to be highly critical of Thomas, his implicit argument that oral arguments at the Supreme Court are mostly pointless grandstanding is one of his virtues.