Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas asks questions in court for first time in 10 years – David G. Savage – Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas broke his decade-long silence Monday and asked several questions during an oral argument about whether people should lose their right to carry a gun because of a domestic violence conviction. Thomas took the side of a Maine man who lost his right to own a gun after he pleaded guilty to a domestic violence charge and paid a $200 fine. Speaking near the end of an hour-long argument, Thomas pressed a government lawyer to cite another example of where the law permanently “suspends” a citizen’s constitutional right based on a misdemeanor conviction. He was referring to the 2nd Amendment right to have a gun. No one would lose their 1st Amendment to right to speak or publish a book because of a misdemeanor conviction, he said.