Justice Sotomayor Asks More Questions In An Hour, Than Thomas Has In Years

Posted by TheLCster

s-SONIA-SOTOMAYOR-largeMcClatchy/Michael Doyle—A recast Supreme Court kicked off its new season Monday, with novice Justice Sonia Sotomayor immediately taking center stage.

In just an hour, the court’s newest justice asked more questions than Justice Clarence Thomas has asked over the course of several years. Sotomayor’s aggressive role in a Fifth Amendment case, in turn, underscored how she could put her own stamp on a court whose 2009-2010 docket is still taking shape.

The Supreme Court is already off to a notable start, and there is so much more to come,” Caroline Fredrickson, the executive director of the American Constitution Society, a liberal lawyers organization, said even before inaugural oral argument Monday.

The 55-plus cases already scheduled for the coming months cover everything from gun rights and patent protection to free speech and the punishment of juveniles. The court is likely to accept another 25 or so cases before the 2009-10 term ends next June.

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6 responses to “Justice Sotomayor Asks More Questions In An Hour, Than Thomas Has In Years

  1. rosettasister

    So you are suggesting that African-American Thomas is too thick to ask intelligent questions?

    • audiegrl

      Hey Rosettasister, welcome 🙂

      Not to answer for TheLCster, but that is not the way I took the article.

      From the McClatchy piece:

      According to McClatchy she managed to ask more questions in an hour than the extremely taciturn Clarence Thomas has asked “over the course of several years.”

      and from the Washington Post piece:

      Justice Sonia Sotomayor displayed no reticence on the first day of her first term on the court; in the two cases on the docket, she asked as many questions and made as many comments as Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. The only sign of her newness was that she at times forgot to turn on her microphone before posing a question.

      So to me it just means that Justice Sotomayer asks more questions that Justice Thomas, who is described as being taciturn (inclined to silence; reserved in speech; reluctant to join in conversation) and asks as many questions as Justice Roberts, who apparently is very vocal.

      As the AP reported in February 2008, Thomas had gone 2 years and 144 cases without speaking up during oral arguments.

      I can assure you that we have a very diverse group of diarists on this blog, and no one would ever make such a patently racial assumption or statement. 🙂

    • thelcster

      Woah! I like a commenter who comes out swinging! haha Welcome Rosetta!
      I did not take the article as being inflammatory against AA’s, including Justice Thomas. I think that it is great that Justice Sotomayer is asking as many questions as she can. To me that shows that she is attempting to gain all the information she can about the case in order to rule fairly. Justice Thomas, who also has a well rounded professional record (we will stay away from his personal life…) has by far more experience than her as he has served longer (as he succeeded Justice Marshall). I think Justice Thomas is the right amount of thick…like a nice malt shake.

    • is it true Justice Thomas switched to Diet Coke?

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