Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Speaks During Oral Arguments For The First Time In A Decade

With Scalia gone, Clarence Thomas finally finds his voice. The Daily Beast reports:

The famously quiet Justice Clarence Thomas reportedly spoke up Monday morning and asked questions during oral arguments Monday in a case about gun ownership. Thomas has refrained from asking questions from the bench during Supreme Court hearings for the past ten years. According to a Bloomberg reporter, Thomas asked “if First Amendment rights could be abridged for misdemeanor rights, like Second Amendment Rights,” perhaps hinting at his opposition to the question at hand: whether domestic-violence offenders can be legally banned from owning firearms.


  • I thought this was an Onion headline.

    • clay

      Yep, saw it over a colleague’s shoulder at my lunch meeting and assumed he was catching up on The Onion.

  • Rex

    Oh dear lawd, it’s alive!

    • Gustav2

      • Oh’behr

        Ha, I was going to go with Frau Blucher. Horses also whinny at the sound of Clarence Thomas’ voice.

      • Bj Lincoln

        One of Mel Brooks best films. Everyone in it was wonderful.

    • camel54

      Just new batteries, actually.

    • TuuxKabin

      Your enjoyable comments keep escalating. Hope they don’t ever peak out.

  • Amazing what a person can say once his lips get surgically removed from Scalia’s ass.

    • b

      He was definitely Scalia’s bitch. That’s why he didn’t ask questions. The two decided their vote on the case beforehand, and during oral arguments Scalia just asked questions for the two of them. Why ask a question, when your bro asked them already, for you? Now that Scalia is gone, Thomas is the sad boy on the playground.

  • Rex

    He was speaking before, you just couldn’t hear him because his head was up Scalia’s ass.

  • drbloor

    Demonic possession by Scalia, obvs.

    • TuuxKabin

      I was going to give him the benefit of the doubt and suggest channeling Scalia, but possession is more likely.

    • Someone call in Bob Larson for an exorcism!

      • PeterC

        His baby sitter has left the room.

  • shellback

    Do you think the ghostly hand of Scalia is up his ass like a ventriloquist’s dummy? Can he ask questions and drink a glass of water at the same time? So many questions.

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  • The Milkman

    Maybe Scalia has taken over his body and was speaking through him, like Whoopi in Ghost. “Damn, baby, what did you do to your hair?”

  • Hands Up, Don’t Vote

    So Uncle Tom wants to allow convicted domestic abusers to keep their guns, just in case.

    But he does not see the need to challenge laws that prohibit convicted felons from voting.

    Guns, yes. Votes, no.

    • Bullets Not Ballots

      That’s right, bitches: Bullets, not ballots.

      • JP

        Relevant username

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  • bkmn

    Be careful Clarence. The more you speak the more people will find out what you think.

  • nocadrummer

    He never had to ask questions before. Scalia always told him what to do.
    Perhaps there’s now a little glimmer of hope for him.
    (But I’m NOT holding my breath.)

  • Prion

    • Blake Mason

      Notice Thomas’ same skin complexion as the others?

      • Acronym Jim

        The artist making the metaphorical, literal.

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    • Steverino

      He too, has a wide stance.

  • LovesIrony

    with apologies to Marcel Marceau

  • MickinDetroit

    So, weirdly I’ve always sort of respected his no questions policy…well, maybe “respected” isn’t the right word… not found it to be that crazy? they already know how they’re going to vote, they’ve (or their clerks) have already read and summarized and digested all the arguments. They have their opinions worked out. the theater of the oral argument seems to be just that… theatrics and an opportunity for grandstanding. could be a cynic here, but i don’t think any case had it’s outcome determined at oral argument.

  • i saw a thing about his life, personal and professional. all i can say is “wow, what a fucked up person he must be!”

    i can’t even guess what he’s feeling and “thinking” now that Fat Tony is dead. i would bet it’s actually more complex and odd than people want to credit.

    “for life” is a complicated situation and i wonder how it works in his case. he’s no spring chicken, but he’s also untouchable. in a way no Senator or President will ever be. Tony is dead. Uncle Tom here has arrived, he’s made it. he has nothing to fear, ever again.

    maybe in his tiny pee brain, that is starting to sink in, finally. probably not, but speaking? like a real white person with authority? look out, Murka. we may have a live one.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    I suspect Justice Thomas found Justice Scalia’s notes on the case.

  • delk

    Imagine if he shuts up again for another 10 years. How’d you like to be the attorney that he broke his silence over?

  • He found his teeny, tiny balls on Scalia’s high shelf and climbed up there to get them back. His wife still has his spine.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    I misread the headline as Justice Thomas gives Oral……….ewwww, ewwww, ewwwww Need more coffee.

  • oikos
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  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Cheney overheard cackling: “The operation transferring the symbiote from Scalia to Thomas appears to have been a complete success.”

  • Stubenville

    Garbo speaks.

  • Lazycrockett

    Did it involve a coke can and a pubic hair?

  • Steven Alan Taylor

    When the lich dies, sometimes their phylactory can retain some semblance of sapience.

    • Mikey

      and dammit, the Lich King’s mount didn’t even drop.. I am SO sick of that raid dungeon.

  • joe ho

    His first question after 10 years of court silence is a defense of domestic abusers and their gun rights?

  • Dot Beech

    Ugh. He’s a pig.

    But when faced with a law that uses a misdemeanor offense to indefinitely suspend a constitutional right, the principle underpinning that law is certainly worthy of careful examination. This bastard didn’t even dog whistle and went straight to gun ownership. Of course. To his ever lasting shame, if he had any.

    Suspension of voting rights now requires a felony conviction. Not misdemeanor level convictions. Imagine the GOP legislatures around the country seizing on a new found opportunity to indefinitely suspend voting rights for… jumping a turnstyle, or shoplifting at a grocery store.

    He’s a pig, but he may have a point. He certainly posed an interesting question.

    • DaveW

      I think stealing should be one of our worst crimes

  • disQusTed

    I guess Scalia was his attack dog all this time.

  • Ninja0980

    I hate having to defend Thomas but the idea he is stupid or a puppet of Scalia are myths that should have been put to bed long ago.
    This man isn’t a dummy, he is a right wing hack who has no business being a judge ANYWHERE, something those who refused to hire him knew long ago.
    Not to mention the fact he is a predator and yet was still allowed a seat on SCOTUS, which is

    • NancyP

      I would love to see Anita Hill nominated.

  • Blake Mason

    He figures he has to be the new mouth piece for the GOP on the Supreme Court. Massa gone now.

  • Curieux Bleu

    This man is an insult to every single black Afro-american person in the entire country. He is “Uncle Tom” for a reason … but a wealthy and corrupted version. The corruption is accomplished through his wealthy white wife.

    I guess Clarence has some form of Stockholm Syndrome where he totally identifies with the white oppressors who were the Slave owners of his long family line, and now are the (mostly white) Wall Street oligarchs.

    He’s “got his”, so why should anyone else get justice off of him. That he has found his tiny little voice after decades of what…. lazy contempt, … or was it trying to just be invisible after the Anita Hill harassment imbroglio, I really don’t know, but he has to be a real embarrassment to any good black American citizen.

    We need Obama, or Corey Booker, or Loretta Lynch or maybe one of those black guys from the 4th circuit or from the 5th circuit who ruled in favour of SSM within their circuits. In other words, Champions of Equality for ALL citizens, rather than Quisling sell-outs to the the billionaire Koch suckers of this unhappy nation.

    If God had wanted to put a curse on America, it was AND IS the curse of racial bigotry and hatefulness.

    But Clarence Thomas is a curse on SCOTUS, no less than Alito or Roberts I suppose, no more. But he has betrayed his own community, turning away from them with a stone cold heart, kind of like Ben Carson, I suppose.

  • Ginger Snap

    When the slave owner dies the slave finally has the strength to use his voice.

  • Octavio

    I wonder which justice pulled his “chat” string.

  • Todd20036

    He is to justice like Ben Carson is to politics.

    Both tokens with conservative backers, both unqualified for the positions they have/seek.

    At least Carson is not going to be the president, much less the nominee.

    And if Obama (or Sanders/Clinton) appoint a new SCOTUS justice, Thomas’ “judgments” will lose power.

  • Oh, good. He’s following Scalia’s example. So he shouldn’t be around much longer.

    • Rex

      I was thinking that he would just crawl into the coffin with Scalia.

      • Ray Taylor

        Sadly there is not enough room.

  • Ninja0980
    A quick read just to remind folks what is at stake this fall.
    Thomas is not nor was he ever a puppet of Scalia’s.
    He is in fact worse then Scalia and a clear warning of what will happen if a Republican is allowed to fill seats on SCOTUS.
    It will be bad, very VERY bad.

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  • DaveMiller135

    Maybe Scalia was holding a gun on him all this time.

    • DumbHairyApe

      Doubtful. More than likely he threatened to hang him from a tree.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Does this mean the high-tech lynching is finally over?

  • popebuck1

    Aww, that’s heartwarming to see him come out of his shell now that Scalia isn’t there to hold his hand. Our plucky little guy is growing up!

  • jomicur

    So gun rights for proven, convicted people guilty of violent acts are just the same as free speech and a free press? It looks like the spirit of Nino Scalia is alive and ell.

  • Without his mentor Scalia to ask questions, if he wants to have questions answered that relate to his Scalia-like views, he *is* going to have to ask them himself. I guess that Justice Scalia asked any questions that Justice Thomas would have asked, himself, and it’s no longer possible for him to Me-too Scalia without a medium, or at least a oija board.

  • Mike__in_Houston

    It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if Scalia had pointed out to him–tactfully, of course–how stupid his attempts were to ask questions, if not indeed how uppity he was to dare to ask questions in the first place (“Look, Rochester…”). The timing is just too perfect not to draw the inference that Antonin’s death has something to do with Clarence’s new-found loquaciousness.

  • Phil in Colorado

    What?? Is he going to promise he’ll speak up now every February 29th??

    • Ed Burrow

      well, that would be 2.5x faster than his usual speaking rate..

  • penpal

    The idea that a justice has sat on a bench for 10 years like a lump of shit on a sidewalk, without saying boo about anything, should outrage everyone.

  • justme

    Speaks for himself.??. OR Is his wife coaching him to say what SHE wants to hear??

  • With Scalia gone there’s a lot of payola that could be coming his way.

    • Robert Conner

      More than enough motive for Clarence Thomas to have Scalia murdered!

  • Robert Conner

    Perhaps someone once told Clarence, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak up and remove all doubt.”

  • jimbo65

    Oh my. Did he get permission from his new master Alito? Someone’s getting taken out to the wood shed tonight.

  • nycmcmike

    He is such a fraud. He is basically saying he’s already made up his mind because he has abosutely no questions to ask.

    • MickinDetroit

      they’ve always already made up their minds by the time oral arguments are held.

  • William

    Auditions will be held for a new Señor Wences to Thomas’ Johnny.

  • Ian

    Without Nino to ask the questions, Thomas is now forced too. Putz.

  • josephsinger

    At first I thought this was an Onion headline.

  • TheSeer

    This phenomenon needs to be investigated by psychologists.

  • JT

    Uncle Thomas doesn’t have to risk Scalia’s barbs about idiocy anymore.

  • Matt Rogers

    Maybe Scalia was harassing or intimidating him in some way.

  • Steven Leahy

    I liked it better didn’t talk and just followed his sensei around like a puppy dog.

  • cminca

    Well–he couldn’t move his lips while Scalia’s hand was up his ass–pulling the strings.

  • Paula

    Now that that parasitic, symbiotic relationship is gone, Thomas will wither and die.

  • stanhope

    Uncle Ben was waiting on the rice to cook. If only Obama had the balls to nominate Anita Hill to the supreme court.

    • Helen Damnation ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      If only!

  • JCF