(CNN)For the first time in a decade, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas spoke during oral arguments.
Just last week, CNN wrote about the ten-years since Thomas’s last question at oral arguments. That anniversary, February 22, came on the same day the Supreme Court first heard oral arguments after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, who was Thomas’s ideological soul mate and who had defended his lack of questions over the years.
“No one was more ideologically aligned with Justice Scalia than Justice Thomas, who has historically been reluctant to ask questions at oral argument because he believes his colleagues already do more than enough talking,” said CNN contributor Stephen I. Vladeck. “That he’s now asking questions–for the first time in over a decade–is as powerful evidence of the impact of Justice Scalia’s absence as anything we’ve seen from the Justices thus far,” he said.