Ex-Thomas Clerk Says Critics Are Unfounded

Emphasizes justice's humanity, at-times liberal ideology
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2007 10:47 AM CDT
This photo released by Harper Collins shows the cover of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's new autobiography titled "My Grandfather's Son." Breaking his 16-year public silence on his bitter confirmation...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A former clerk for Clarence Thomas lashes out at critical reaction to the justice's new autobiography in a Wall Street Journal commentary today. While liberals accuse Thomas of excessive bitterness over the grilling he received on his Supreme Court nomination, as well as subsequent unfairness, John Yoo points to a thoughtful intellect persevering in the face of unrelenting and unfair attacks.

Yoo claims that Thomas “is a black man with a much greater range of personal experience than most of the upper-class liberals who take potshots at him.” He defends Thomas’ conservative record as a principled stand for the Constitution and cites instances where Thomas voted for liberal causes as a result.