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Clarence Thomas Spoke Up for the First Time in Seven Years to Mock Harvard

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas poses for photographs in the East Conference Room at the Supreme Court building October 8, 2010 in Washington, DC. This is the first time in history that three women are simultaneously serving on the court.
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It took more than a week, but the mystery of Clarence Thomas’s unintelligible joke has finally been solved. ABC News reports that Alderson Reporting, “the company that transcribes all oral arguments,” took a closer look at the recording of last Monday’s oral arguments and determined that Thomas said, “Well, there, see: He did not provide good counsel.”

Thomas was joking about the quality of a lawyer who had graduated from Harvard. Thomas graduated from Yale, which is a Harvard competitor. So you can see why everyone was laughing so hard.

Clarence Thomas Joked About Harvard