Justice Thomas Breaks 3 Years Of Silence At Hearings

Law360, Washington (March 20, 2019, 7:04 PM EDT) -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas asked a question at oral arguments for the first time in over three years Wednesday morning, breaking his silence in a Mississippi death penalty case where the lead prosecutor excluded virtually every potential African-American juror.

Justice Thomas' short question was directed at an attorney representing defendant Curtis Flowers, a black man who was sentenced to death for a 1996 quadruple homicide after six separate trials. Justice Thomas' last utterance from the bench took place in a Second Amendment case in February 2016. Before that, he sat silent through 10 years of Supreme Court hearings....

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