CBS News discusses the conservative Republican and "silent justice" on the Supreme Court: "On Monday, Justice Thomas broke his long silence [commenting from the bench], when he interrupted Justice Antonin Scalia, inquiring about whether Ivy League lawyers had properly represented a client. The official court transcript only picked up four words of Thomas' remarks — 'well he did not' — and according to CBS News' Jan Crawford, Thomas appeared to be suggesting that an Ivy League degree did not necessarily mean the lawyer was qualified. The courtroom erupted in laughter at his remarks, perhaps knowing that Thomas has had a strained relationship with his alma mater, Yale Law School."
The article continues about Justice Thomas's rare remarks: "It was not a case-related question, but the 64-year-old justice's offhand remark was big news for court watchers. He has long said that the court should do a better job of listening to the lawyers presenting the cases, instead of interrupting them as some of his more vocal colleagues, like Scalia, often do."