Thursday, August 25, 2011

Toobin on Thomas

Selected quotes from this profile of Clarence and Virginia Thomas, by Jeffrey Toobin.
• "In several of the most important areas of constitutional law, Thomas has emerged as an intellectual leader of the Supreme Court."
• "[Associate Justice Antonin] Scalia told a reporter in 2004 ... '[Thomas] does not believe in stare decisis period.'" 
• "Thomas is humble before his own reading of the constitutional text—and dismissive of the attempts of others, including other Justices, to interpret it."
• "Thomas has a special hostility for government attempts to level the playing field in the political arena. For this Justice, the Constitution mandates the law of the jungle."

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