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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Breaks Courtroom Silence

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by Revmitchell, Feb 29, 2016.

  1. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell Well-Known Member

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    Justice Clarence Thomas broke his ten-year span of asking no questions during Supreme Court oral arguments on Monday in a case about gun rights.

    And he did it in a big way, asking ten questions of a Justice Department lawyer who was defending a federal law that bans anyone who has a misdemeanor domestic violence conviction from owning a gun.

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    First time in ten years Justice Thomas asks a question during arguments in Voisine v. US, No.14-10154 directed at Asst. to Sol. Gen. Ilana H. Eisenstein. Art Lien
    Under federal law, anyone convicted of a felony is disqualified from gun ownership. The ban also applies to anyone convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.

    The government lawyer, Ilana Eisenstein, was about to sit down during the end of the hour-long courtroom argument, when Justice Thomas asked, "Can you give me another area where a misdemeanor violation suspends a constitutional right?"

    When she hesitated, he asked, "Can you think of another constitutional right that can be suspended based upon a misdemeanor violation of a state law?"

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...rence-thomas-breaks-courtroom-silence-n528151
     
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    She's still hanging on the wall where he nailed her wondering what hit her.
     
  3. BroTom64

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    Do you think Thomas is asking questions we would normally hear from Scalia?
     
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    Probably.
     
  5. Aaron

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    The trouble here is, that much more is classified as domestic violence than real violence, and it isn't just between men and women. If a 40 year old son is hollering in his 60 year old father's face, and the father pushes him away, that's domestic violence. The father could be charged and then not allowed to own firearms.
     
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