Supreme Court Justice Thomas touches on life, law

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Associated Press

Posted on September 19, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 19 at 9:03 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas made a rare public appearance Thursday at the University of Portland, fielding questions on his life and legal philosophy from faculty and students.

Nominated to the high court in 1991, Thomas touched on his controversial confirmation hearings, his intellectual development and the "enormously lonely" road he took to the Supreme Court.

He likened his strict constitutionalist approach to the way he says he approached contract disputes. Thomas says judges must start with what is written and then try to divine the intent behind it.

Thomas says the Anti-Federalist members among the Constitution's framers would have difficulty reconciling the modern-day U.S. system of government with their intended government.

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