Listen to Episode 20 of Slate’s Amicus:
In the past couple of weeks, the famously silent Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas has been especially vociferous on paper. But in the strong stances he has taken, Thomas has not had much company. On this week’s episode, Dahlia is joined by Carrie Severino to consider the role Thomas has played on the Roberts court. Severino is chief counsel and policy director for the Judicial Crisis Network, and a former clerk to Thomas.
In the second half of the podcast, Dahlia turns to a major election law case scheduled for next term’s Supreme Court docket. The case involves a challenge to the bedrock principle of “one person, one vote.” Dahlia is joined by historian Douglas Smith for an in-depth look at that principle, its origins, and what it would mean should it be overturned.
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This week’s excerpts from the Supreme Court’s public sessions were provided by Oyez, a free law project at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, part of the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Podcast production by Tony Field.