How Appealing

Sunday, September 30, 2007

“Black judge: my sex case anger.” Today in The Sunday Times of London, Sarah Baxter has an article that begins, “The Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas has broken a 16-year silence to reveal the bitterness he feels towards the woman who tried to derail his confirmation by accusing him of sexual harassment.”

Posted at 10:20 PM by Howard Bashman

ABC News has posted online Jan Crawford Greenburg’s eight-part write-up of her interviews with Justice Clarence Thomas in connection with his new book, “My Grandfather’s Son: A Memoir.” You can access all eight parts via a web page headlined “Justice Clarence Thomas Speaks Out: Exclusive Analysis, Video Clips and Photos on the Controversial Supreme Court Justice.”

Part one is titled “My Grandfather’s Son” (for single-page print version, click here).

Part two is titled “The Integrator” (for single-page print version, click here).

Part three is titled “Going North” (for single-page print version, click here).

Part four is titled “A Conservative in Washington — And the Personal Struggles” (for single-page print version, click here).

Part five is titled “Finding Peace” (for single-page print version, click here).

Part six is titled “Becoming a Judge — and perhaps a Justice” (for single-page print version, click here).

Part seven is titled “‘Traitorous’ Adversaries: Anita Hill and the Senate Democrats” (for single-page print version, click here).

And part eight is titled “Rebuilding a Life” (for single-page print version, click here).

Posted at 10:03 PM by Howard Bashman

“Justices Begin Work on a Polarizing New Docket”: In Monday’s edition of The New York Times, Linda Greenhouse will have an article that begins, “The Supreme Court has so many polarizing cases on the docket for its new term that the deep ideological divisions that characterized the last term are all but certain to remain on display after the justices reconvene on Monday.”

Posted at 8:07 PM by Howard Bashman

Philadelphia Phillies 6, Washington Nationals 1: My son and I were at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia this afternoon to see the Phillies clinch the National League East division title. To win the division title today, the Phillies had to win their game and the Florida Marlins had to defeat the New York Mets. Before the Phillies even took the field at 1:35 p.m. this afternoon, the Marlins had staked themselves to a 7-0 first inning lead. The Marlins recorded the final out of their 8-1 victory over the Mets when the Nationals were batting with none out in the top of the ninth inning, trailing the Phillies 6-1.

The crowd at the Phillies ballpark has never as this loud as it was in the top of the ninth inning today. The Phillies will now host whichever team wins the National League Wild Card spot, to be determined tomorrow in a one-game tiebreaker game between the San Diego Padres at the Colorado Rockies.

It should be a happy first Monday in October tomorrow at the U.S. Supreme Court, as Justice Clarence Thomas’s book officially goes on sale, and as Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr.’s Philadelphia Phillies celebrate their first playoff appearance since 1993.

You can access the box score of today’s Phillies game at this link, while wraps are available here and here.

Update: Monday’s edition of The New York Times will contain an article headlined “After a 14-Year Absence, Phillies Head to the Playoffs.” The Philadelphia Inquirer provides a news update headlined “We win! Fans erupt in joy.” And Ken Mandel, who has covered the Phillies all season for, reports that “Phils relish first NL East title since ’93; Players, coaches, fans celebrate as ‘fairy tale’ continues.” This blog’s occasional Phillies coverage will continue for as long as the team remains in the playoffs, as I have tickets for two games of the Division Series, two games of the League Championship Series, and thus far one game of the World Series.

Posted at 6:20 PM by Howard Bashman

In video coverage available online from Thomas Writes A Book: Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has much to write about in his new autobiography, including his controversial confirmation hearings” and “Steve Kroft’s Reporter’s Notebook.”

On this evening’s broadcast of the CBS News program “60 Minutes,” Kroft will have two interview segments with Justice Thomas in advance of the official release tomorrow of the book “My Grandfather’s Son: A Memoir.”

Posted at 8:15 AM by Howard Bashman

“Federal judge disciplined for sexual harassment”: The Houston Chronicle today contains an article that begins, “A judicial council has reprimanded federal Judge Samuel B. Kent of Galveston after a four-month secret investigation into serious allegations of a pattern of sexual impropriety and abuse of power. In the most recent incident, Kent is accused of harassing and inappropriately touching his 49-year-old case manager in his chambers in March.”

The newspaper also contains an op-ed by columnist Rick Casey headlined “Feds to shred evidence against judge.”

And at “The Volokh Conspiracy,” Ilya Somin has a post titled “The Ethical Cloud Over Judge Samuel B. Kent.”

Posted at 7:55 AM by Howard Bashman