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Yes, it was a joke by US Supreme Court's Thomas

By Jonathan Stempel WASHINGTON, Jan 23 (Reuters) - When U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas broke his nearly seven-year silence during oral arguments last week, there was much speculation about what exactly he said. Just four cryptic words appeared in the court's unofficial transcript. Now it can be told: It was nine words and apparently a joke.

US Supreme Court's Thomas breaks nearly 7-year court silence

By Jonathan Stempel WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) - The silence is broken. For the first time in nearly seven years, Justice Clarence Thomas on Monday spoke to a lawyer presenting a case during oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court. While his utterance was not in the form of a question and consisted of a mere four words, it breaks a silence dating to Feb. 22, 2006, during an argument over the admission of forensic evidence in a South Carolina death penalty case.
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