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Did Clarence Thomas Actually Ask A Question?

Clarence Thomas actually moved in court the other day, but would he then open up his mouth and ask a question about a case? Any case? The prospect of

Clarence Thomas actually moved in court the other day, but would he then open up his mouth and ask a question about a case? Any case? The prospect of Thomas speaking caused quite a stir.

I almost start a mini press riot today at the Supreme Court, so certain am I that Justice Clarence Thomas is about to ask a question for the first time in nearly four years. In a case about indefinite detention for sex offenders, he summons someone to bring forth a law book; he puts on his glasses and reads carefully from the book, then leans forward toward the microphone. To his left, Justice Stephen Breyer looks at him expectantly. I nudge my colleagues on either side and hiss, "He's gonna do it, he's gonna do it." We all start craning and gaping. And then Thomas, who hasn't asked a question at oral argument since Feb. 22, 2006, takes off his glasses, tips his head back up against his headrest, and closes his eyes.

That will teach Dahlia Lithwick to never let Thomas fake her out again.

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