This Might Be Why Clarence Thomas Hasn't Asked A Question In Six Years

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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has a reputation for being totally mute during oral arguments – at least during the past six years.There may be a reason for that.

The Supreme Court’s most silent justice spoke at an event in Charlotte, N.C. on Friday, revealing that he would do away with oral arguments if he could, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Thomas spoke at the unveiling of a portrait of David Sentelle, who’s a chief judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and an ex-Charlotte resident.

“In Judge Sentelle I discerned a fellow displaced Southerner,” said Thomas, a Georgia native, according to the Observer.

Thomas has defended his six-year stint of silence, pointing to his Southern background as a possible explanation, according to an April report by the Associated Press.

“I don’t see where that advances anything,” Thomas said at a speech in April, referring to asking questions. “Maybe it’s the Southerner in me. Maybe it’s the introvert in me, I don’t know. I think that when somebody’s talking, somebody ought to listen.”

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