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Friday, February 16, 2007 

New Book About Justice Thomas

Those of you Justice Thomas fans out there should take note of a new book published by McFarland. The Supreme Court Opinions of Clarence Thomas, 1991-–2006 - A Conservative's Perspective is an analysis by law Professor Henry Mark Holzer of Justice Thomas' most important opinions. Here's the publisher's description...
In his fifteen years as an associate justice of the Supreme Court, Clarence Thomas has written nearly 350 opinions. Thousands of Thomas's eloquent and thoughtful words are thus available for Americans to examine. Yet much of the public still bases its opinion of Thomas on the words of the American media, going as far back as the bruising confirmation battle of 1991. Widespread, uncritical acceptance of glib assumptions has greatly distorted the record and even the character of this formidable justice.

This book offers readers the opportunity to consider the real Clarence Thomas—the formidable intellectual and defender of the Constitution, amply represented by his writings. It analyzes his most important majority, concurring, and dissenting opinions from 1991 through 2006. The author argues that Thomas's opinions reveal a consistent adherence to the principles of federalism, separation of powers, limited judicial review, and regard for individual rights as contemplated by the framers of the Constitution. An appendix contains a list of every opinion Thomas has written and notes whether it was a majority, concurring, or dissenting opinion.
This might be a good book for all those Thomas haters out there who keep repeating the old line that Thomas is just Scalia's clone. I don't think that anyone who has actually sat down and read the opinions written by these two men could say that.

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