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Justice Thomas’ Struggles Recounted

Posted Apr 23, 2007 10:51 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The nephew of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was illiterate and was in and out of jail throughout his life. When Mark Elliot Martin was convicted in 1997 of pointing a gun at another person, Thomas took custody of Martin’s son, Marky.

The boy, now a teen, excelled in school and is doing well, according to a book excerpt adapted for the Washington Post. The same can’t be said of Pin Point, Ga., where Thomas and his family members are from. Struggle, the excerpt says, is a theme of Thomas’ life.

Read an ABA Journal interview of authors Kevin Merida and Michael A. Fletcher, whose book, Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas, goes on sale tomorrow. An abbreviated version of the interview ran in the April issue of the magazine.

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