Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, for the first time in a decade, asked questions from the bench during oral arguments, according to reporters present at Monday’s Supreme Court hearings. His questions pertained to the rights of domestic abuse offenders to have a gun, in a case considering a federal law banning convicted abusers from owning guns.
Some news: This morning, Justice Thomas broke a 10 year break on asking questions in oral arguments. #SCOTUS
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Thomas asked several questions today at #SCOTUS in gun rights case
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The 10-year anniversary of the last time the conservative justice asked a question came just this month. In the period, however, Thomas did make a comment from the bench, but it was not a question. He has said that he would prefer to end oral arguments at the Supreme Court.
His questions came in a case Monday called Voisine v. United States. According to the Supreme Court transcript of the hearing, he interjected after lana Eisenstein, an attorney representing the federal government, said “If there are no further questions.”
“One question,” he said.
Here is the transcript from the round of questions:
Update: This story has been updated with more context about Thomas’ questions.