Clarence Thomas misses Supreme Court arguments without explanation


Supreme Courtroom Justice Clarence Thomas didn’t attend oral arguments Monday and supplied no rationalization for his absence.

Chief Justice John Roberts introduced that Thomas wouldn’t participate shortly after the court docket sat for arguments in a public corruption case Monday morning. Previously, the court docket has typically supplied some rationalization, corresponding to noting {that a} justice was feeling unwell. Generally, these justices participate in arguments remotely.

Thomas, 75 and essentially the most senior affiliate justice on the excessive court docket, missed a number of arguments in 2022 after being identified with an an infection.

The Supreme Courtroom didn’t reply to a request for extra details about Thomas’ absence on Monday, when his colleagues heard arguments in two circumstances.

The primary centered on a fee the previous mayor of Portage, Indiana, acquired from a metropolis contractor and whether or not that fee violated a federal anti-corruption statute. The second handled a jewellery retailer supervisor in Ohio who sued police, arguing that officers didn’t have possible trigger to arrest him on cash laundering prices.