Clarence Thomas

“Just, Wise, and Constitutional”: Justice Thomas’s Legacy in Law and Politics

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Ralph Rossum has followed his indispensible volume on Justice Scalia with an equally indispensible analysis of Justice Clarence Thomas’s life and work. The two seem destined to be paired forever. Because they share so much in common, each is the

The Jurisprudence of Constitutional Restoration Is Originalism, but Not All Conceptions of Originalism

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Dr. Ralph Rossum’s most recent book, Understanding Clarence Thomas: The Jurisprudence of Constitutional Restoration, performs the valuable service of cataloguing and synthesizing the jurisprudential work of one of America’s great living jurists. Rossum’s book joins other sympathetic—though not hagiographic—accounts

One of the “Most Activist Judges We Have Right Now”

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When Justice John Paul Stevens retired from the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010, Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy complained that “We have right now a very, very activist, conservative activist, Supreme Court. . . . I would hope that the

Understanding Clarence Thomas:  The Jurisprudence of Constitutional Restoration

Understanding Clarence Thomas: The Jurisprudence of Constitutional Restoration

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When, on July 1, 1991, President George H. W. Bush nominated Clarence Thomas to serve as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, predicting that he would be “a great Justice,” calling him “the best person for this position,”

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The Most Dangerous Justice? “Natural right is dynamite”

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Recently Justice Clarence Thomas reflected on the American condition and its relation to the Constitution.  He focused far less on specific legal issues and more on the enduring love of country  “we the people” give it.  He described how the