Thomas to Other Supreme Court Justices: Hush!

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
used an appearance at the University of Alabama to criticize his colleagues on the court for badgering attorneys during oral arguments.

Speaking to law students in Tuscaloosa, Thomas said Friday he and the other eight justices virtually always know where they stand on a case before oral arguments from reading legal briefs.

So, as Thomas put it, there's no need for justices to "beat up" on attorneys. Thomas said he doesn't like it and doesn't do it.

Thomas hasn't asked an attorney a question during oral arguments before the Supreme Court since 2006.

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