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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Thomas breaks his silence

Much has been said of the silence of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on the bench. Last term he did not utter a word during oral arguments (see "Ever-taciturn Thomas is in a quiet spell.") So I was eager to see what the quiet justice would say when given the chance on an exclusive interview on CBS' "60 Minutes."

I actually thought the supremely silent justice did very well. He came across as intelligent and well-spoken. One can certainly disagree with Thomas' personal, political and legal views, but there is apparently much more to the man than the caricature that has been generally presented. Given the eloquence he showed in the interview, it's a shame that Thomas does not speak up more often. Silence is not always golden.

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