The Supreme Court Wants Minorities

Clarence Thomas says he'd like to see more women and minorities as clerks.


By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

The ranks of minority law clerks at federal courts stink, but Supreme Court justices are at least trying to hire blacks and Hispanics. "There is not a plethora of them coming from the [schools] that we choose from," says Clarence Thomas. Still, he says that of the court's 36 clerks, 13 are women and four are minorities. "Members of the court to a very great extent have bent over backwards making an effort," adds Thomas. Still: "I would like to see it increased," says the court's black justice.

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