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    4. Some legal scholars are pushing Clarence Thomas to go rogue

    Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, "the most conservative justice since the 1930s," historically votes in favor of state authority, and is something of a "legal outlier" with "radical" views, according to The New York Times. So radical, in fact, that he's not afraid to dissent from his fellow conservatives — like in Gonzales vs. Raich, in which he argued that Congress wasn't allowed to criminalize owners of home-grown weed (including in states where it was legal to grow for medicinal purposes) because it would give the federal government too much power. According to Damon W. Root at Reason, legal scholars are already trying to talk Thomas into using this same logic — and it could work: "Thomas has a tendency to break with the Supreme Court's conservative bloc when federalism principles are at stake in a case that is otherwise seen to advance a liberal political agenda," Root writes, "which is basically the Defense of Marriage Act controversy in a nutshell."

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