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The lighter side of a Supreme Court justice


Justice Clarence Thomas

While listening to Justice Clarence Thomas’ address to a group of law students in Florida so I could quote his mention of ‘Pitchfork Ben’ Tillman as the U.S. senator whose name appears on the Tillman Act, the first federal law restricting corporation political speech, I came across an amusing aside.

Thomas was talking with considerable pride about his 37-year-old son who works in the finance sector. His pride was also apparent in his autobiography, “My Grandfather’s Son: A Memoir.”

Atypical of the demeanor one expects from a Supreme Court justice, Thomas related an insightful observation handed up from son to father.

Thomas quoted his son as telling him: “Dad, did you notice that all stupid things are preceded by phrases like ‘hold my beer’ or ‘watch this?’”

So true. So true.

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