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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Quality legal television, for once

Tomorrow night on HBO is the premiere (with many, many repeat showings to follow) of Thurgood, starring Laurence Fishburne, in a filmed performance of the one-man show at the Kennedy Center. The play is based around a fictional speech by Marshall at Howard Law School, in which he recounts his life and career as civil rights attorney and Supreme Court justice.

It's a good time for this, given that the last we heard of Justice Marshall, he was the focus of intense scrutiny by Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on February 23, 2011 at 10:04 AM in Culture, Howard Wasserman | Permalink

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Unfortunately, I have only basic cable. So perhaps I'll have to wait to watch this play. But if I were watching, I would be making comparisons to Clarence Thomas, comparing the dues paid by Marshall in his time/context with those "paid" by Thomas who presumably benefitted from Marshall's. Perhaps Thomas came to a fork in the road, taking the path of least resistance in government service with the accommodation of Republicans, making sure the hardships and humilities he endured would be compensated with his appointment to SCOTUS, but without concern for others enduring the same as he had. Marshall's greatness is accentuated by Thomas' failings.

Posted by: Shag from Brookline | Feb 23, 2011 10:41:53 AM

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