Clarence Thomas

The Silent Justice

As a young child, Thomas grew up in the ghettos of Pin Point, Georgia. His father left the family when he was only nine. As a teenager, his grandparent raised him, who encouraged him to pursue a career in religion as a Catholic Priest, a road he started to go on after high school.

It was the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. that turned Thomas unto the path of politics. From there, he began to lead protests for a lot of social causes, including campaigning for Civil Rights. He went to Yale Law School soon after, a school which developed his conversative view. He became an assistant to the Attourney General soon after his education. He left the position after the Attorney General elected for the Senate. He became an attorney for non-government businesses. It was in 1982 that he became the chairman for the Equal Employment Oppurtunity Commission. From that position, George H. W. Bush nominted him to replace Thurgood Marshall.


Clarence Thomas is considered very conservative, a major symbol of it in the Supreme Court. Although he has a strong opinion, he rarely speaks in court, tending to remain silent. He likes to vote with his fellow Justice, Antonin Scalia.


- Texas v. Johnson - voted with majority

- U.S. v. Lopez - Agreed with majority

- Small v. U.S. - Voted with minority

- Small v. Doe - Voted with majority

- Smith v. Cain - Only one against

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