The New Yorker: Clarence Thomas’ 25 Years Without Footprints

Jeffrey Toobin of the New Yorker wrote an interesting opinion piece regarding Clarence Thomas and the 25 year anniversary of his confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Here is a snippet: “Conservatives like Thomas have dominated the Court throughout his tenure, and he has been in the majority in all of their victories. That raises a question: What’s the most important opinion Thomas has written for the majority during his tenure on the Court? Thomas didn’t write Bush v. Gore, in 2000, nor did he write Citizens United, the campaign-finance case, in 2010. Thomas was in the majority for the Shelby County case, in 2013, which eviscerated the Voting Rights Act, but he didn’t write that one, either. When the Court upheld Congress’s ban on so-called partial-birth abortions, in 2007, Thomas voted with the majority (against abortion rights, as he has always voted), but he did not write for the Court. And Thomas has been in the minority in all the liberal victories of his era—in the Court’s rejections of the Bush Administration’s treatment of detainees at Guantánamo (Hamdan, Hamdi, and Boumediene), in the Court’s embrace of equal rights for gay people (Lawrence, Windsor, Obergefell), in its rejection of the death penalty for juveniles (Roper) and for the mentally retarded (Atkins).”

You can read Toobin’s entire article here.

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