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October 01, 2007

Must See: '60 Minutes' Interview with Justice Clarence Thomas

Fascinating. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who has been called a "traitor" to his race for his belief that the Constitution is colorblind, granted an interview with Steve Kroft of "60 Minutes." It's a glimpse into his past and what helped shape his morals and values. Thomas' memoir, "My Grandfather's Son," has recently been published, and after seeing this interview, I am thinking of reading it.

Understatement of the century by Kroft: "Justice Thomas doesn't think much of the press." I can't imagine why.

Check it out here.

h/t Aaron

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Posted by Pam Meister at 09:31 AM | Comments (8) | TrackBack (0) | Judges & Law

i realize the man is vastly underqualified to be a supreme court justice and he's done very little while on the court (when was the last time he wrote a decision?) but really, "my grandfather's son?" was "my father" taken?

i wonder what's next, "my uncle's brother?"

Posted by: steve at October 1, 2007 02:14 PM

steve, if you watch the piece it states that Thomas wrote about 300 opinions which is average for a supreme court justice.

the man graduated from magna cum laude from Yale Law School (which is usually ranked first in the nation).

And, unlike white bigots like yourself, many black people in the south did not have fathers to look up to - as thomas' abandoned him when he was 2 years old.

You quite a retched person.

Posted by: aaron at October 1, 2007 03:50 PM

"While most recent Supreme Court nominees have been deemed "well-qualified" by the American Bar Association (ABA), the rating for Judge Thomas was split between "qualified" and "not qualified."

many bad lawyers are produced at excellent law schools.

clearly you have difficulty with reading comprehension. that's ok, we'll sort you out now.

i was making fun of thomas's title, not his childhood situation.

and who's to say i'm white?

Posted by: steve at October 1, 2007 04:04 PM

I missed the 60 Mins interview but I did catch his interview on Rush's program this morning. It was one of the longest interviews Rush has done and it was equally impressive.

***Steve, white or not, you are retched. There, now you got what you came for: Attention.

Posted by: THIRDWAVEDAVE at October 1, 2007 04:31 PM

why am i retched? because i disagree with you and think that clarence thomas is not qualified to be a supreme court justice?

wow, i'm such a horrible, horrible person...

Posted by: steve at October 1, 2007 05:08 PM

What exactly makes him "vastly underqualified?" Cite some examples, please.

Posted by: Wyatt Earp at October 2, 2007 06:00 PM

"While most recent Supreme Court nominees have been deemed "well-qualified" by the American Bar Association (ABA), the rating for Judge Thomas was split between "qualified" and "not qualified."

" Clarence Thomas, picked by Bush's father in 1991, received the lesser "qualified" rating. Two committee members voted to give Thomas a "not qualified" designation."

"The ABA scrutiny does not deal with ideology. It involves three areas that relate to fitness to be a judge: integrity, professional competence and judicial temperament.

A 15-member ABA committee handles the work, including a review of opinions and legal briefs. The committee ratings are well qualified, qualified and not qualified."

not to mention the fact that, for someone who gained his job through affirmative action (a black justice to replace thurgood marshall) he certainly spends an awful lot of time fighting against it.

Posted by: steve at October 2, 2007 07:07 PM

But I thought your side fought for and cared more about African-Americans than the Evil Conservatives?

Or is Thomas a "traitor to his race" as Sharpton and Jackson contend?

Posted by: Wyatt Earp at October 5, 2007 06:14 PM

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