Justice Clarence Thomas stunned lawyers, reporters and others at the Supreme Court on Monday when he posed questions during an oral argument for the first time in 10 years.
It was the second week the court has heard arguments since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, Thomas’ friend and fellow conservative. Thomas for years sat directly to Scalia’s right. Scalia’s chair is now draped in black in a tribute to his death on Feb. 13.
Thomas’ questions came in a case in which the court is considering placing new limits on the reach of a federal law that bans people convicted of domestic violence from owning guns.
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