October 5, 2009 3:44 PM

Sotomayor shows she's no Clarence Thomas as Supreme Court opens

In just an hour, Sonia Sotomayor, the Supreme Court's newest justice, asked more questions than Justice Clarence Thomas has asked over the course of several years. Sotomayor's aggressive role in a Fifth Amendment case, in turn, underscored how she could put her own stamp on a court whose 2009-2010 docket is still taking shape.

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