Justice Thomas Breaks Years of Silence on Bench

It was just a few words and a joke at that, but Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas broke his seven-year long silence on Monday when he spoke at oral arguments. What Thomas said is not clear, other than he appears to have joked about Ivy League lawyers, reports the Associated Press. The argument transcript only records a few words. It quotes Thomas as saying, "Well, he did not..." Several justices laughed in response. Louisiana lawyer Carla Sigler replied: "I would refute that, Justice Thomas." Two lawyers in the courtroom said Thomas was joking about Ivy League law school graduates, although one said it was at the expense of Thomas' alma mater, Yale. The other said rival Harvard was the butt of the joke. Thomas hasn't asked a question in court since Feb. 22, 2006.