Supreme Court Justice Thomas condemns 'nasty' and 'lies' against him: NPR


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Justice Clarence Thomas poses for a photo at the Supreme Court building in Washington on October 7, 2022. Thomas told attendees of a judicial conference Friday that he and his wife have faced “evil and lies” over the years. He visited Washington D.C. He also condemned it as a “disgusting place”.

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Justice Clarence Thomas poses for a photo at the Supreme Court building in Washington on October 7, 2022. Thomas told attendees of a judicial conference Friday that he and his wife have faced “evil and lies” over the years. He visited Washington D.C. He also condemned it as a “disgusting place”.

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Fairhope, Ala. – Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas told attendees of a judicial conference Friday that he and his wife have faced “nastiness” and “lies” over the years and called Washington, D.C., a “disgusting place.” .

Thomas spoke at the 11th Circuit Judicial Conference, a conference of judges, attorneys and other court personnel that hears federal cases from Alabama, Florida and Georgia. He made the comment while hitting out at his critics in response to a question about working in a world that seems resourceless.

Thomas said, “I think it has challenges. We're in a world and we – certainly my wife and I have been doing this for the last two or three years – just filth and lies, it's absolutely incredible. “

Thomas said, “But you have some choices. You can't stop people from doing terrible things or saying terrible things. But you have to understand and accept the fact that they can't change you unless you allow it.” Don't give.”

Thomas faced criticism for accepting luxury trips from a GOP donor without reporting it. Thomas said last year that he did not have to report paid visits by one of “our dearest friends.” His wife, conservative activist Ginny Thomas, has faced criticism for using her Facebook page to amplify baseless claims of corruption by Democrat President Joe Biden.

He did not directly discuss the content of the criticisms, but said that “reckless” people in Washington would “bombard your reputation.”

Thomas said, “They don't necessarily bomb you, but they attack your reputation or your good name or your honor. And that's not a crime. But they can do just as much damage that way.”

During the appearance, Thomas was asked questions by U.S. District Judge Katherine Kimball Mizeley, one of Thomas's former law clerks who was later appointed to the federal bench. During his hour-long appearance, the court's longest-serving judge discussed a range of topics, including the lessons of his grandfather, his friendships with former colleagues and his belief that the court's writings and discussions are about “regular people.” Should be more accessible. ,

Thomas called Washington “a disgusting place”

Thomas, who spent most of his working life in Washington, DC, also discussed his dislike of it.

Thomas said, “I think what you're going to find, and especially in Washington, is that people take pride in being awesome. As far as I'm concerned, it's an awesome place.” Thomas said it's one reason he and his wife “love RVing.”

“You have to be around regular people who don't take pride in doing harmful things just because they have the ability to do so or because they disagree,” Thomas said.

A recreational vehicle used by Thomas also became a source of controversy. In October, Senate Democrats released a report saying that most of a $267,000 loan Thomas received to buy a high-end motorcoach had been forgiven.

Thomas did not discuss the court's high-profile caseload.

The justice said he believed it was important to use language in court decisions so that the law was accessible to the average person.

“I think the way we talk about cases sometimes disenfranchises regular people,” Thomas said.

Thomas wasn't the only judge to speak Friday.

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh said Friday that American history shows that court decisions unpopular at the time can later become part of the “structure of American constitutional law.”

Kavanaugh spoke Friday at a conference of judges, lawyers and other court personnel at the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi and is one of the most conservative circuits.


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