Report: Clarence Thomas Usually Sides With Crooked Prosecutors
SCOTUS justice record is very murky
In a piece published in The Atlantic, columnist Andrew Cohen brings up some interesting points in Clarence Thomas' legacy as a Supreme Court justice.
While he's already known for hardly being a dissenter, Cohen brings light to an ongoing trend where Thomas often sides with prosecutors who pull off questionable tactics in their cases.
The article mentions a last years ruling in Connick v. Thompson where Justice Thomas authored a 5-4 opinion protecting the New Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office from a civil lawsuit. The suit was filed by a man who was wrongfully convicted and spent 14 years on death row before investigators discovered that his prosecutors had failed to turn over to him a crime lab report. It also speaks on a more recent case, also involving the New Orleans Parish, Smith v. Cain, where Thomas attempted to pull a similar stunt, writing a 19-page dissent (he was alone on this one), attempting to discredit a witnesses testimony.
The Atlantic also speaks on Thomas' record of voting as it pertains to human rights and strip searches. Let us tell you, the guy seems heartless on those matters. And lets not forget, he didn't bother speaking up much to prevent the execution of Troy Davis.