On This Date in Legal History

President Bush nominated Clarence Thomas to the United States Supreme Court.  On October 6, 1991, news organizations reported that a law professor, Anita Hill, claimed that Judge Thomas had formerly sexually harassed her at work. She had worked for him at the Department of Education and at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  You can read Newsday’s article at http://goo.gl/mTsOhR.

Anita Hill

Anita Hill

The Senate delayed voting on his nomination to investigate the allegations– Anita Hill testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. You can hear her testimony at https://goo.gl/SZvY3W.  In the end, the Senate voted 52 to 48 to confirm Judge Thomas’s nomination (in spite of the testimony given). You can find the Senate roll call vote at http://goo.gl/RsM0ih. On October 18, 1991, he was sworn in as an associate justice on the United States Supreme Court.

About Tina Nelson
Tina Nelson

Tina Nelson is an attorney and mom. She created the LAWSUIT™ board game to teach her three children about the law. The game was an instant success. Copyrights and a patent were obtained, and Professional Games, Inc. was born. Professional Games, Inc. created this blog to educate and keep its friends and customers regularly updated about our American legal system.
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