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Clarence Thomas dismisses 'ridiculous' criticism that he doesn't ask enough questions during Supreme Court oral arguments: book

Added 06-26-22 05:14:01pm EST - “"If you look at the history of the Court, the Court was a very quiet Court," he said in response to critiques. "We've gotten very hyperactive now."” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Clarence Thomas dismisses 'ridiculous' criticism that he doesn't ask enough questions during Supreme Court oral arguments: book”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in a new book dismissed critics who have accused him of not asking enough questions during oral arguments, arguing that there was no need for him to be "hyperactive."

In the book, "Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words," co-edited by Michael Pack and Mark Paoletta, the judge sat down with Pack for over 30 hours between November 2017 and March 2018, in what became an expanded companion to the 2020 documentary of the same name.

During his conversation with Pack, Thomas addressed why he doesn't feel the need to be excessively vocal when hearing cases. 

"That stuff is ridiculous," he said of the criticism. "If you look at the history of the Court, the Court was a very quiet Court."

He continued: "Justice (William) Brennan rarely asked questions. Justice (Lewis) Powell rarely asked questions," referring to William Brennan, who served from 1956 to 1990, and Lewis Powell who served from 1971 to 1987. 

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