Jonathan Turley remarks on the ridiculousness of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' reason for not asking questions during oral arguments. (He has not asked a question from the bench in six years, Turley reports.) Turley blogs:
In an AP interview, he defended his silence. Thomas said the habit of frequent interruptions is unproductive and "I think that when somebody's talking, somebody ought to listen."
Thomas claims that most of the information is already in the briefs and amicus curiae, "and there are a few questions around the edges."
They don't call it an oral monologue. It's called an oral argument. This is the opportunity for the Justices to test the validity and soundness of the attorney's arguments. It would be a waste of time for attorneys to get up before the Court and simply recite their briefs.