Clarence Thomas speaks, but no one knows what he said

Justice Clarence Thomas broke his nearly seven-year silence at Supreme Court oral arguments Monday. But no one is sure exactly what he said.

Thomas seemed to be making a light-hearted joke about lawyers trained at his alma mater Yale Law School, or its rival, Harvard. But several justices were speaking and laughing at the time, and the court reporter lost Thomas’s comments during the crosstalk.

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Robert Barnes has been a Washington Post reporter and editor since 1987. He has covered the Supreme Court since November 2006.
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