Thomas to Supreme Court Critics: You’re Bums

Wednesday, 18 May 2011 11:11 AM

By Dan Weil

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Many critics of the Supreme Court hone in on conservative Justice Clarence Thomas, alleging that he lacks intellect and flexibility. Well Thomas has a few choice words to offer back at them, The Augusta Chronicle reports. The critics of court decisions suffer from “a disease of illiteracy or laziness” that could weaken the law, he said at a speech to the Augusta, Ga. Bar Association.

thomas, court, critics“Cynics” who are “drunk on their own opinions” don’t impress Thomas. “You don’t go to a Georgia fan to get commentary on the University of Florida, because it’s not objective commentary,” he said.

“Unfortunately, much of the commentary about the court is from the standpoint of people who have vested interests in particular outcomes, particular policies or particular results. Do you think you are getting an honest assessment?”

Meanwhile, Thomas drew flak from some civil rights leaders for speaking Wednesday at the opening of a new courthouse in Augusta named for John Ruffin Jr., the first black chief judge on the Georgia Court of Appeals. Critics call Thomas an inappropriate choice given his conservative views, the Georgia Daily Journal reports.



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