One Question


I’m just a plainspoken Colorado criminal defense lawyer, but the way I see it…

What I’d like to know is, how can anyone really be sure that it was Justice Clarence Thomas who asked a question at the Supreme Court today?

It’s been more than ten years since anybody’s heard him speak from the big bench. How do we know that was actually his voice? In ten years, a voice has been known to go from soprano to basso profundo.

But there, in a transcript from the Alderson Reporting Company, is the startling utterance:

JUSTICE THOMAS: Ms. Eisenstein, one question.

And not just one: nine questions. That nearly brings Justice Thomas’s spoken participation in the Supreme Court to one question per year over the past decade.

We’re talking major breakthrough. A calamity of words.

I can’t wait to hear what he’ll ask next, in 2026.


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One Response to One Question

  1. Charles Aspinwall 27 March 2016 at 12:41 pm #

    I’m reminded of the family whose only son was mute. For all of his 16 years he had not uttered a word. Then one day at breakfast, the son spoke: “My eggs are burned,” he said. Stunned silence reigned. Finally, his mother regained and asked: “My son, my son! You can speak, but you have never said a word before today. Why?” And the son replied: “Well, up until now everything was OK.”

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