Justice Thomas goes toe-to-toe with the legal ‘chimpanzee’

Justice Clarence Thomas has been on the Supreme Court for more than three decades, and his judicial philosophy rooted in adhering to the original meaning of the Constitution is finally controlling big rulings. 

Yet he’s still cranking out opinions just like his days wandering in the legal desert of the liberal “living Constitution” era.

“He’s always been one to kind of identify problems that maybe the court hasn’t grappled with, or issues that need to be brought up,” said Carrie Severino, who clerked for the justice 15 years ago.  “It’s taken decades, he’s been on the court over 30 years now, but the court has ultimately been like ‘Oh, yeah, that is an issue we need to look at.’” 

The difference between then and now, she said, is “you now see a majority of justices joining him.”

Justice Thomas will take the bench Monday for the start of the 2022-2023 term after his
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