Clarence Thomas on Foreign Policy
Supreme Court Justice (nominated by Pres. Bush Sr. 1991)
JUDGE THOMAS: I became aware of that. He is an honest individual, and I didnít question him about his personal activities and his businesses. I became aware through the news media, as you did, about this particular activity.
SIMON: Now, he is quoted as saying he informed you in 1981 about that. You donít recall that.
THOMAS: I donít recall it. I knew he represented some of the homelands in South Africa at some point. I was not aware, again, of the representation of South Africa itself.
On the issue of South Africa, however, let me make this point: I took a strong position on the board of trustees of Holy Cross that we divest of stocks in South Africa. That was important to me then, and, of course, that is contrary to a position that [Parker] might take. But it is one that I felt strongly about.
After his conviction for murder, Mexican citizen Jose Medellin argued on appeal that police should have complied with the Vienna Convention and asked if he wanted his consulate notified of his arrest. Texas courts held that Medellin should have made this argument before trial. Separately, the UN's International Court of Justice heard a case involving Medellin, brought by Mexico against the US, on failure to comply with the Convention. The ICJ held that Texas courts must provide Medellin with hearings on the issue.
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