Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Jim Lo Scalzo /EPA /Landov hide caption toggle caption Jim Lo Scalzo /EPA /Landov The Two-Way Justice Clarence Thomas Speaks, Many Listen; But What Was He Saying? January 15, 2013 Did he make a joke about Yale? Was it a sign he's still bitter or growing more comfortable with the fact he went to law school there? And what prompted him to speak into his microphone on the court's bench for the first time in nearly seven years? Court watchers have many theories about four words.