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you're a Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas for the first time in ten years spoke in court , and it stopped her and it jarred people in the room and it turned out it was more than just one question , so what made justice Thomas break his decade long streak , a gun rights case from Maine what we want to know involve the second amendment , right , for individual out firearm ownership independent whether someone who had been convicted of a misdemeanor our domestic assault could then under federal law be barred from ever owning a firearm again and he was very concerned about this exchange coming roughly two weeks after the death of fellow conservative justice Antonin Scalia read before his death dominated such Supreme Court argument , he might've been picking up a little bit of the mantle antennas Arab it departed colleague particular view that Clarence Thomas himself has has held and to the question that some people might ask will he suddenly become a more vigorous questioner during oral arguments in the vein of justice Scalia no way I cannot mansion Clarence Thomas ever , becoming that kind of our eyes infrequent at Alec questionnaire from the bench but it was interesting and refreshing in some ways to finally hear him speak after a decade last time justice Thomas pose the question within a death penalty case from February two thousand six