Clarence Thomas breaks nearly 7-year silence on Supreme Court bench

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has spoken during oral arguments for the first time since 2006.

Thomas piped up Monday with a knock against his alma mater, Yale Law School, according to SCOTUSBlog

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Thomas hadn't spoken during the court's oral arguments in nearly seven years, having remained silent since February 2006, when he asked a question in a death penalty case.

Thomas says he gets all the information he needs from reading briefs and does not need to question the lawyers who argue cases before the court.

But Thomas's animosity toward Yale is apparently enough to break his silence. 

Thomas wrote in his autobiography that he regrets attending Yale, which he described as a bastion of the privileged where he felt isolated because of his race.

According to SCOTUSBlog, Thomas spoke Monday to quip that a law degree from Yale might make a lawyer incompetent, rather than prove the opposite.