Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas should be removed

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Michael M. Lederman

Dr. Michael M. Lederman is professor of medicine (emeritus) and biomedical ethics at Case Western Reserve University. He is editor of the scientific journal Pathogens and Immunity.

Clarence Thomas shouldn’t be on the Supreme Court.

He was approved to sit on the court by a timid Democratic-majority Senate that was afraid to conclude that this black man had sexually harassed a colleague, Anita Hill.

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The truth of the matter is undetermined but in my eyes and in the eyes of many, Professor Anita Hill (and two other women) were telling us the truth and Judge Thomas was lying.

Then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing in 1991.

A terrible start for a Supreme Court justice and it didn’t get better. His tenure on the Supreme Court was lackluster. For many years he would not even write an opinion, and his writing was largely pedestrian or extremist.

Law professor Anita Hill testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on October 11, 1991. In a 1994 book titled

His wife – Virginie “Ginni” Thomas, a refugee from a cult of the 80s – is a danger to America which has placed Judge Thomas close to sedition. Ginni Thomas has worked tirelessly to undermine the outcome of the 2020 presidential election using lies and misrepresentations to induce voters to resist the government’s legitimate transition.

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It’s a disgrace to the court.

But even worse is that of Clarence Thomas refusal to recuse deliberations relating to this very election.

More recently, Thomas expressed the majority opinion in New York State Rifles and Pistols Association vs. Bruenconcluding that the right to carry concealed handguns in public for the purpose of self-defense is protected by the Second Amendment to the Constitution.

Michael M. Lederman, MD, is a professor of medicine (emeritus) and biomedical ethics at Case Western Reserve University.  He is editor of the scientific journal Pathogens and Immunity.

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Judge Thomas (and other conservative judges) deliberately misunderstood the Second Amendment. None of the other nine amendments to the Constitution that make up the Bill of Rights need to be justified; these are obvious and fundamental.

The second amendment only has an explanatory introduction: “A well-regulated militia, being necessary for the security of a free state”, begins the amendment, “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”.

Nowhere in the amendment is self-defense mentioned.

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If the drafters of Bill of Rights understood that the right to own and bear arms was fundamental, why was this single introduction even justified?

In the 2008 Heller decision, the unique importance of this introduction is simply ignored as almost accidental and a maze of rulings is used to link the amendment to the use of weapons in activities such as self-defense. When applied to the original lyrics of the editors, this is sophistry.

Thomas is marinated in conflicts of interest that make impartiality laughable. He was a headliner for the Eagle Forum (an anti-abortion organization) and the conservative Council for National Policy.

He gave a keynote speech at a fundraiser for the Conservative Party Manhattan Institute and has a long-standing relationship with the Heritage Foundation.

Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, left, and his wife Virginia Thomas, right, February 20, 2016. Virginia Thomas sent weeks of text messages imploring White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to act to cancel the 2020 presidential election, according to copies.  messages obtained by the Washington Post and CBS News.

His wife has leading roles in a number of conservative activist organizations and she was actively engaged in promoting the Ellipse rally on January 6, 2021 which ultimately culminated in the violent assault on the Capitol. Mrs. Thomas gave at least $13,000 to support Republicans seeking election.

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Apparently, Thomas’ colleagues were unable or unwilling to get Thomas to recuse himself in the event of a dispute.

His field service offers a compelling case for term limits, if not impeachment.

Dr. Michael M. Lederman is professor of medicine (emeritus) and biomedical ethics at Case Western Reserve University. He is editor of the scientific journal Pathogens and Immunity.

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