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Miles Archer

(18,837 posts)
Thu Oct 27, 2016, 02:21 PM Oct 2016

Female Lawyer Accuses Justice Clarence Thomas Of Groping Her In 1999

Source: Huffington Post

Years after his Senate confirmation hearings were roiled by accusations that he sexually harassed Anita Hill, another woman has come forward to accuse Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of groping her.

Moira Smith, vice president and general counsel at Enstar Natural Gas Co., told the National Law Journal that the justice grabbed her without her consent in 1999, when she met him at a Truman Foundation dinner.

Veteran Supreme Court reporter Marcia Coyle writes that Smith described the encounter ― which allegedly took place when she was a 23-year-old Truman scholar ― on Facebook earlier this month. She has since deactivated her Facebook page.

Smith told the NLJ that Thomas “cupped his hand around my butt and pulled me pretty close to him” and later “squeezed” her behind during a June 1999 dinner for Truman scholars at the home of Louis Blair, then head of the Truman Foundation.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/clarence-thomas-accused-groping-moira-smith_us_581230f8e4b0390e69cea53e?68vvx6r

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Female Lawyer Accuses Justice Clarence Thomas Of Groping Her In 1999 (Original Post) Miles Archer Oct 2016 OP
No shock there BainsBane Oct 2016 #1
Not a disqualifier for being Supreme Court Justice milestogo Oct 2016 #2
"sarsasm" MyOwnPeace Oct 2016 #19
as much as I would love to see anita hill in that vacant seat, it would not be decent to niyad Oct 2016 #3
I think she's up to the task mdbl Oct 2016 #4
perhaps Anita Hill could replace him on the court if he retires in shame. virtualobserver Oct 2016 #5
now that is a lovely thought niyad Oct 2016 #6
Ok by me. As far as I'm concerned, saltpoint Oct 2016 #10
Come on!!!! MyOwnPeace Oct 2016 #20
Not wishing harm on anyone but if it so happened that Thomas vacated his spot for whatever reason LiberalLovinLug Oct 2016 #8
She might not have to. With any luck Scalia's shadow will go the way of Scalia soon enough. forest444 Oct 2016 #15
How soon until Ginny Thomas calls her at 6 am, demanding msanthrope Oct 2016 #7
be awesome to witness the impeachment and removal of Clarence Thomas beachbum bob Oct 2016 #9
He'd probably snooze through his own impeachment trial. trusty elf Oct 2016 #23
This may explain why the story is coming out just now: Xipe Totec Oct 2016 #11
Wait BumRushDaShow Oct 2016 #21
Is this female lawyer.... AlbertCat Oct 2016 #12
Too little too late Hulk Oct 2016 #13
I believed Anita Hill blueseas Oct 2016 #14
I totally believe this lawyer Farmgirl1961 Oct 2016 #17
Same here. (nt) Paladin Oct 2016 #18
It's great that women empowered to come forward. Trump served a purpose. TonyPDX Oct 2016 #16
And another for the "No Shit Sherlock" File n/t Lil Missy Oct 2016 #22
I'm only surprised it took this long NastyRiffraff Oct 2016 #24
It's a disgrace that he was seated. A complete disgrace. JudyM Oct 2016 #25
Not a Thomas fan ebbie15644 Oct 2016 #26

MyOwnPeace

(16,909 posts)
19. "sarsasm"
Thu Oct 27, 2016, 04:43 PM
Oct 2016

I'm glad you included the "sarcasm" thingie - otherwise I'd be thinking it was a "Trumpster" responding!

It would make sense - to them!

niyad

(112,861 posts)
3. as much as I would love to see anita hill in that vacant seat, it would not be decent to
Thu Oct 27, 2016, 02:36 PM
Oct 2016

ask her to have to work with that asshole.

saltpoint

(50,986 posts)
10. Ok by me. As far as I'm concerned,
Thu Oct 27, 2016, 03:11 PM
Oct 2016

Ms. Hill can start tomorrow morning.

Clear out your desk, Clarence! Hit the road.

LiberalLovinLug

(14,161 posts)
8. Not wishing harm on anyone but if it so happened that Thomas vacated his spot for whatever reason
Thu Oct 27, 2016, 02:55 PM
Oct 2016

Wouldn't it be an amazing turn of the screw, so to speak, if she were appointed to replace him?

edit: virtualobserver you beat me to it!

forest444

(5,902 posts)
15. She might not have to. With any luck Scalia's shadow will go the way of Scalia soon enough.
Thu Oct 27, 2016, 03:32 PM
Oct 2016

Thomas isn't looking well at all, really.

Xipe Totec

(43,885 posts)
11. This may explain why the story is coming out just now:
Thu Oct 27, 2016, 03:13 PM
Oct 2016

BREAKING: Clarence Thomas Does The UNTHINKABLE, Turns Against Republican Party (DETAILS)

Prominently conservative US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas spoke out strongly this week against the Senate Republicans who continue to block President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee to replace the deceased Antonin Scalia.

Obama nominated Merrick Garland to fill Scalia’s seat months ago, but leading Senate Republicans almost immediately jumped on the notion that, according to some completely precedent lacking but convenient notion, Obama should not be the one to fill Scalia’s seat since the election, and thus the next beginning of the next presidency, is so soon.

The Republicans responsible for the obstructionism likely initially based their policy on a hope that a Republican would win the White House.

Such a hope is fine and dandy, but Obama’s tenure isn’t over yet, no matter how much Republicans would like it to be. He is still the president, and it is still the president’s responsibility to fill vacant seats on the Supreme Court.


http://bipartisanreport.com/2016/10/27/breaking-clarence-thomas-does-the-unthinkable-turns-against-republican-party-details/

Looks like the repugs were holding a Trump card against Clarance just in case he stepped out of line.

Not that I would defend his actions or dismiss the charges as false, only that I would question the timing.

BumRushDaShow

(128,161 posts)
21. Wait
Thu Oct 27, 2016, 05:24 PM
Oct 2016

So he actually said that on the audio I heard? With his mouthpiece 6ft under? I mean...... He is finally disconnected from the hive mind? Oh my...



 

AlbertCat

(17,505 posts)
12. Is this female lawyer....
Thu Oct 27, 2016, 03:22 PM
Oct 2016

...... "a little bit nutty and a little bit slutty?"

Like the last time, I think not.

 

Hulk

(6,699 posts)
13. Too little too late
Thu Oct 27, 2016, 03:24 PM
Oct 2016

The worthless political hack is already seated. She should have been sitting next to Anita Hill at the hearings.

Farmgirl1961

(1,493 posts)
17. I totally believe this lawyer
Thu Oct 27, 2016, 04:20 PM
Oct 2016

Her Aunt (who is also an attorney) is a very good friend of ours and told us about this story breaking a couple of weeks ago.

NastyRiffraff

(12,448 posts)
24. I'm only surprised it took this long
Fri Oct 28, 2016, 11:33 AM
Oct 2016

Of course, in 1991 when Anita Hill testified, there probably were women watching who knew about Thomas from bitter personal experience, but were afraid to come forward. It doesn't seem like that long ago, but the climate at the time was definitely unfriendly to women accusing powerful (and not so powerful) men.

One thing (among others) that gives these women and the 12 (so far) women accusing Donald Trump is that none of them have accused rape. It's groping, grabbing, along with inappropriate comments. If they wanted to lie, why not make the accusations as bad as possible?

JudyM

(29,173 posts)
25. It's a disgrace that he was seated. A complete disgrace.
Fri Oct 28, 2016, 01:38 PM
Oct 2016

Flying to a business meeting one day when this was in the news back then I overheard a few businessmen on the flight bonding knowingly over their assumption that of course she had made the whole thing up. I was struck by their lack of any factual basis, just pure sexist bias.

ebbie15644

(1,212 posts)
26. Not a Thomas fan
Fri Oct 28, 2016, 03:38 PM
Oct 2016

I think though that it's ridiculous that she's saying this now. She would have totally been believed if she said this at the time it happened especially because of what happened to Anita Hill

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