First Principles: The Jurisprudence of Clarence Thomas

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NYU Press, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 281 pages
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Clarence Thomas is one of the most vilified public figures of our day. Time magazine has called him "Uncle Tom Justice" and famed columnist Nat Hentoff accuses him of "having done more damage, more quickly, than any Supreme Court justice in history." What is perhaps most remarkable about Justice Thomas's Supreme Court tenure to date is that, despite the fact that he will be influencing American law for generations to come, his legal philosophy has received only cursory treatment. Scott Douglas Gerber seeks to remedy this state of affairs by casting aside facile, visceral assessments of Thomas - from both the left and the right. Gerber takes on the formidable task of providing a portrait of Thomas based not on the justice's caricatured reputation but on his judicial opinions and votes, his scholarly writings, and his public speeches.

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Scott Douglas Gerber, Ph.D., J.D., is author of "To Secure These Rights: The Declaration of Independence and Constitutional Interpretation" and editor of "Seriatim: The Supreme Court before John Marshall," both available from New York University Press. He teaches at Ohio Northern University College of Law.

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