Justice Clarence Thomas Easily Pleased

This was not the story to read with a mouthful of tea this morning.

 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose writing is clear but dry, said her style owed something to Vladimir Nabokov, the author of “Lolita.”

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, whose opinions can meander, said he aspired to Ernest Hemingway’s stripped-down language, sharing his distaste for adverbs.

Justice Stephen G. Breyer, who has been known to cite foreign law in his opinions, said he looked abroad for literary inspiration, mentioning Montesquieu, Wittgenstein, Stendhal and Proust.

Justice Clarence Thomas said a good brief reminded him of the television show “24.”

Justice Thomas Plays A Mute On Supreme Court

Perhaps Supreme Court Justice Thomas has finally understood he has little to contribute in a meaningful way, and therefore stays quiet during oral arguments.

A week from Tuesday, when the Supreme Court returns from its midwinter break and hears arguments in two criminal cases, it will have been five years since Justice Clarence Thomas has spoken during a court argument.

If he is true to form, Justice Thomas will spend the arguments as he always does: leaning back in his chair, staring at the ceiling, rubbing his eyes, whispering to Justice Stephen G. Breyer, consulting papers and looking a little irritated and a little bored. He will ask no questions.

In the past 40 years, no other justice has gone an entire term, much less five, without speaking at least once during arguments, according to Timothy R. Johnson, a professor of political science at the University of Minnesota. Justice Thomas’s epic silence on the bench is just one part of his enigmatic and contradictory persona. He is guarded in public but gregarious in private. He avoids elite universities but speaks frequently to students at regional and religious schools. In those settings, he rarely dwells on legal topics but is happy to discuss a favorite movie, like “Saving Private Ryan.”

Meanwhile curious minds on the court ask questions and thinking outside of the box.

His attitude toward oral arguments contrasts sharply with that of his colleagues, who seem to find questioning the lawyers who appear before them a valuable way to sharpen the issues in the case, probe weaknesses, consider consequences, correct misunderstandings and start a conversation among the justices that will continue in their private conferences.

6 Supreme Court Justices To Attend State Of Union Address

Just slightly fewer justices than usual for this speech.

Would you miss this event if you had the chance to attend?

Me neither.

Front and center……and then I would tell my grandkids about it later over hot chocalate….but that is just me.

Six Supreme Court justices will attend the State of the Union address, according to a court spokesperson. This follows a yearlong controversy over the traditional presence of members of the high court, following direct criticism of the bench by President Barack Obama at the 2010 address.

Among those not attending is Justice Samuel Alito, who has a previously scheduled speaking engagement in Hawaii.

Chief Justice John Roberts was expected to be at Tuesday’s address, say government sources, along with fellow conservative Anthony Kennedy.

All four members of the so-called liberal wing of the court are set to take their places in the House chamber for the annual speech, including newest justice Elena Kagan, nominated to the court last year by Obama.

Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas traditionally do not attend.