LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas says
the rapid-fire questioning from his colleagues during recent oral
arguments over the nation's health care law weren't helpful to him
in deciding the landmark case.
Thomas said the questions during three days of hearings over the
law's validity didn't advance the arguments.
He said it might be the Southerner or introvert in him, but he
thinks when someone is talking, others should be listening. His
remarks drew applause during an appearance at the University of
Kentucky on Thursday evening.
Thomas is known for staying silent during oral arguments before
the high court. He chided his colleagues in general for badgering
attorneys appearing before them. Thomas said most of the
information sought in questioning is already in legal briefs.
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