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Justice Clarence Thomas breaks years of silence

Makes rare public joke in courtroom

WASHINGTON — Justice Clarence Thomas broke almost seven years of silence during Supreme Court arguments Monday, but it was not entirely clear what he said.

The justices were considering the qualifications of a death penalty defense lawyer in Louisiana, and Justice Antonin Scalia noted that she had graduated from Yale Law School. It is Thomas’s alma mater.

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