Judge Clarence Thomas holds the record for the longest silence on the Supreme Court bench. So it was major news today when he broke that silence.No one's quite sure exactly what he said, but Thomas seemed to be making a cutting quip about Yale, where he earned his JD in 1974. Here's the transcript:
JUSTICE SCALIA: She was a graduate of Yale law school, wasn't she?
[Lawyer Carla] SIGLER: She's a very impressive attorney.
JUSTICE SCALIA: And another of his counsel, Mr. Singer - of the three that he had - he was a graduate of Harvard law school, wasn't he?
MS. SIGLER: Yes, Your Honor.
JUSTICE SCALIA: Son of a gun.
JUSTICE THOMAS: Well - he did not -
MS. SIGLER: I would refute that, Justice Thomas.
Thomas is known to have a longstanding loathing for the ivy league school, claiming in his autobiography that he was "tricked" into attending.