Justice Clarence Thomas recently presided over a little-noticed inauguration that has generated controversy. Thomas swore in Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker, a close protégé of one-time Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who was ousted for defying a federal order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from a judicial building. Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State said, "If Thomas ever had any chance of becoming chief justice, this action should kill it."
Justice Thomas Finds Himself in Inauguration Controversy
February 17, 2005