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Download PDF Speaking Out on Justice Thomas The Honorable David R. Stras One of my fondest memories and greatest honors was having Justice Thomas swear me in as a judge. He did it not once, but twice, first when I joined the Minnesota Supreme Court over a decade ago and then again when I became a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. The first time, he handed me what has now become a prized possession: a copy of my oath with a handwritten note on it. “David,” he wrote, “this is YOUR oath. Always do your...read more
Download PDF Justice Thomas and Stare Decisis By Gregory E. Maggs This essay briefly describes and analyzes two aspects of Justice Clarence Thomas’s jurisprudence concerning the doctrine of stare decisis. The first aspect is well-known from his judicial opinions: Justice Thomas, unlike his judicial colleagues, believes that the Supreme Court should never follow demonstrably erroneous precedent. The second aspect is less familiar but perhaps equally important: Justice Thomas insists on knowing the full story behind any precedent...read more
Download PDF Justice Thomas Joins the Supreme Court The Honorable Gregory G. Katsas[*] I am delighted to offer a few memories of the nomination, appointment, and first Supreme Court term of Justice Clarence Thomas. At that time, I served as one of his law clerks. * * * At 3:25 P.M. on Sunday, June 30, 1991, the telephone rang in the D.C. Circuit chambers of Judge Clarence Thomas. I tensed up immediately. We almost never received weekend calls in chambers, and I had reason to hope this one would be special. I answered as calmly as I...read more