Clarence Thomas confirmed as Supreme Court justice

On October 15, 1991, the US Senate confirmed Clarence Thomas's nomination to serve as US Supreme Court Justice in place of retiring Justice Thurgood Marshall. Justice Thomas's confirmation passed 52-48, the narrowest margin of a US Supreme Court confirmation in more than a century. The hearings became controversial after an FBI report leaked allegations of sexual harassment against Thomas by Anita Hill, a law professor and former employee supervised by Thomas at both the Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Justice Thomas, a textualist, forms part of what is seen as the current conservative majority of the court.

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