First of all I have to say that I am glad that someone has finally come out and verified Anita Hill’s story and vindicated her. What Clarence Thomas’ wife thought she would accomplish with her phone call is beyond my understanding, but I’m glad that what it actually accomplished was undoubtedly the opposite of anything she wished for.
As a woman I feel I owe a debt of gratitude to Anita Hill. I remember the days of being sexually harassed at work, once to the point of having a boss back me up against a wall. There was a time there was no recourse for that kind of harassment and I am so glad that there is a system in place for women to work unmolested.
I’m glad Lillian McEwen decided to finally speak up but I wish she had had the courage that Anita Hill did years ago.
Clarence Thomas apparently committed perjury and I think there should be an investigation and the appropriate action taken if Ms. McEwen’s testimony is deemed credible.
A Perjurer on the US Supreme Court
By Robert Parry
October 23, 2010
In late 1998, when the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted to impeach President Bill Clinton for lying under oath about a sexual affair, many on the Right insisted that the issue wasn’t the sex but the perjury. They are now confronted with a parallel case in which U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas quite clearly perjured himself to get his seat on the bench.
On Friday, former federal prosecutor Lillian McEwen, one of Thomas’s girlfriends in the 1980s, broke a long silence and confirmed that Thomas did engage in sexual harassment of women at work and did discuss pornography in the way that Anita Hill and other women described to the Senate during Thomas’s confirmation hearings in 1991.
However, it is now obvious that Thomas committed perjury as a necessary element of gaining his seat as one of nine justices on the Supreme Court – and only its second African-American. Though perjury before Congress is a felony, the Right appears to have suddenly lost its enthusiasm for demanding impeachment as the proper remedy for high officials caught lying under oath.
The new evidence of Thomas’s perjury emerged this past week following a bizarre voice-mail message that Thomas’s wife, Virginia, left for Anita Hill asking her to retract her testimony and to apologize to Justice Thomas. Hill, now a professor at Brandeis University, rejected the request and reiterated that she was telling the truth 19 years ago.
But Mrs. Thomas’s voice mail had an unexpected consequence. It spurred McEwen, now 63, to speak up in an interview with the Washington Post, which appeared in Friday’s editions.
Thomas “was always actively watching the women he worked with to see if they could be potential partners,” McEwen told the Post. “It was a hobby of his.”
And speaking of work, I have a new job and will be spending quite a bit of time on that job. I just finished an extensive graphics job and now have another one in addition to the new job. I hope that on the days I can’t get to spend much time on the blog that you all will continue to share your thoughts and use each post as an open post to post links to news articles and information you deem worthy of sharing along with your thoughts and tidbits from your life. I want to say thank you to each of you for sticking with the blog and contributing in so many ways. I appreciate your emails with news and links I have missed and I look forward at the end of each day to reading what you have to say.