(Washington, DC — February 29, 2016) – Attendees at today’s Supreme Court session were left in awe as Justice Clarence Thomas did his job for the first time in almost a decade.
He asked a question.
Thomas, known for keeping silent during oral arguments presented at the SCOTUS, asked a question in court for the first time since February 22, 2006.
“There were audible gasps,” said a court attendee, speaking on condition of anonymity. “A few people actually fainted. Others immediately became out of order because ‘The Streak’ was over. They had to be removed by the bailiffs. It was pretty dramatic.”
The case being heard, Voisine v. US, is related to citizens convicted of domestic violence and their right to own firearms.
“It’s ironic that Thomas would ask questions during a domestic violence case,” said a SCOTUS scholar, speaking on condition of anonymity. “I mean, you have to remember that Thomas almost wasn’t confirmed [in 1991] because of sexual harassment allegations.
“Even more ironic? Thomas was apparently thirsty and asked for a can of Coke.”