Clarence Thomas, the justice long known as the silent member of the Supreme Court, criticized his colleagues Friday for badgering attorneys rather than letting them speak during oral arguments.
Thomas — who hasn't asked a lawyer a question during arguments in nearly four years — said he and the other eight justices virtually always know where they stand on a case by reading legal briefs before oral arguments.
"So why do you beat up on people if you already know? I don't know, because I don't beat up on them," he said at an appearance at the University of Alabama.
He didn't name names, but Justice Antonin Scalia is generally considered the court's most aggressive questioner. Justice Sonia Sotomayor doesn't seem afraid to ask questions either.