Supreme Victim

From the International Herald Tribune:

On Sunday evening, Anita Hill turned on the television at her Waltham, Mass., home to watch “60 Minutes.” She knew the man she had famously accused of sexual harassment, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, would appear on the show to promote his autobiography.

Hill expected Thomas to attack her credibility. But, she said, she did not expect such intensity. Sixteen years after Hill’s testimony nearly scuttled Thomas’s nomination, a new generation of Americans heard Thomas label his accuser a liar, adding: “She was not the demure, religious, conservative person that they portrayed.”

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Hill, now 51, said that when she heard about Thomas’s book, she was reluctant to re-engage in the dispute that riveted the nation in 1991. But, she said, she decided she needed to defend herself. She said she stands by her sworn testimony. She said Thomas did make suggestive statements to her and talk about pornographic movies. She noted, as she did in 1991, that she took a polygraph test and passed it, while Thomas declined to be tested.

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Now, the publication of Thomas’s book, “My Grandfather’s Son,” has put Hill back in a place she thought she had left long ago – the national stage.

“What I found very surprising is this is a Supreme Court justice,” Hill said. “He is making these claims that have either been disproved or he is making claims for which he has no proof. He is talking in these generalities without specifics, making statements inconsistent with the known facts. Having a Supreme Court justice do that was what was so shocking about it . . . it is still painful to have those kinds of things said.”

Hill asserts that Thomas sexually harassed her when they worked together in the education department, making unwanted advances and suggestive comments about pornographic movies. She said that she followed him to a second department because she thought “the behavior had stopped.” But she said it started again.

After Thomas was nominated for the Supreme Court, Hill told congressional investigators about the alleged harassment. Hill testified at a contentious hearing that became a nationally televised referendum on his character and her credibility. Eventually, Thomas’s nomination was approved 52-to-48 by the Senate.

For years, Thomas’s refusal to speak publicly about the experience – reinforced by his practice of rarely speaking from the bench – seemed to indicate that the controversy was buried. But then he accepted a $1.5 million advance for the book, saying he was determined to set the record straight.

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8 responses to “Supreme Victim

  1. kip

    It was unbelievable the way they vilified Anita Hill – the VICTIM! Thomas was bitter over the hearings; I don’t understand why. He won, didn’t he? He sits on the bench of the highest court in the land, and he still has to take pot-shots at Anita? What’s wrong with this picture?!?

  2. nonnie9999

    hi kip!
    i completely agree with you. clarence thomas is not an honorable person. an honorable person does not wait until he gets a $1.5 million advance to plead his case. i saw him on 60 minutes, and he still tries to portray himself as a victim. he’s a scary, ungrateful, self-centered sonofabitch. i hope he gets in his rv and keeps on driving–as far from dc as he can get.

  3. gottagrip

    I heard part of a story about him on NPR the other night, and it says that his political views are due to his grandfather, whose standards he’s always tried to live up to but could never quite achieve. His politics is to the right of Scalia, I don’t know how much further he could go in that direction and not fall off the edge of the flat earth. Scary, indeed….

  4. nonnie9999

    you need to see the 60 minutes interview, gotta. the way he talks about his grandfather is kinda creepy, and he bases his opinions on his catholic faith more than anything else. the entire things was just very disturbing.

  5. gottagrip

    I’ll have to go see if I can find a link to it online when I get a chance. He’s such a twisted man. It’s frightening to think he’s actually on the Supreme Court. And the really frightening thing is he’s not alone there, there are others that are creepy, too….

  6. nonnie9999

    the others are creepy, but he sounds like he is filled with rage, and he makes decisions just because he is pissed off, not because he has a good reason for deciding a particular way. the country is paying, because he has a stick up his ass.

  7. gottagrip

    Isn’t it possible to impeach the Supremes? Seems like I read that somewhere, but can’t remember where. It would be a good idea in his case. He’s a nugbag of the highest order….

  8. gottagrip

    I found a site called “Ben’s guide to US Government for kids. I’d hate to get too complex, you know…

    http://bensguide.gpo.gov/6-8/government/national/justices.html

    The Supreme Court is made up of nine Justices. One of these is the Chief Justice. They are appointed by the President and must be approved by the Senate. Once a person has been approved by the Senate and sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice, s/he remains in the job for life. The only way a Justice may leave the job is to resign, retire, die, or be impeached by the House and convicted by the Senate. No Justice has ever been removed by impeachment. There are no official qualifications in order to become a Justice, although all have been trained in the law and most pursued legal and political careers before serving on the Court. Several justices served as members of Congress, governors, or members of the Cabinet. One president, William Howard Taft, was later appointed chief justice.

    Here is a list of the current Supreme Court Justices:

    Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.
    Justice John Paul Stevens
    Justice Antonin Scalia
    Justice Anthony Kennedy
    Justice David H. Souter
    Justice Clarence Thomas
    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    Justice Stephen G. Breyer
    Justice Samuel Alito
    The number of Supreme Court Justices has changed over the years. Initially, the Court was made up of six Justices who had been appointed by George Washington. The first time they met was February 1, 1790. The number of Justices has been as high as 10. President Franklin D. Roosevelt tried to raise the number to 15 at one point, but the number has been nine since 1869.

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