A Library with a View @ Georgia Law

He Speaks!

According to SCOTUSblog, the issue in Boyer v. Louisiana is “whether a state’s failure to fund counsel for an indigent defendant for five years as a direct result of the prosecution’s choice to seek the death penalty should be weighed against the state for speedy trial purposes.” Regardless of the outcome, the case is noteworthy because Justice Clarence Thomas spoke during oral arguments. He has not asked a question in almost seven years (Feb. 22, 2006). Unfortunately, we don’t know exactly what he said, as the latter portion of his comment was inaudible due to laughter and cross talk by the other justices.