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    Homer Thornberry was a former judge on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.  He was nominated by LBJ to take Abe Fortas's seat when Abe Fortas was nominated to be the Chief Justice.  Ultimately though, the nomination had to be withdrawn after Fortas's nomination to be Chief Justice failed and he decided to remain (at least temporarily) as an Associate Justice.  I think Thornberry might have been a close friend of LBJ as well but I'm not sure.  

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      BlackSheep1, SoCalLiberal

      His first language wasn't English, it was American Sign Language. Both of his parents were deaf-mute. Crazy! And yeah, he and LBJ were buds. He worked as a page for LBJ's dad in the Texas Senate.
      Thornberry's got a crazy life story and he deserves an official biography. Maybe after I graduate from law school I could get a PhD in history and write it as my thesis. Or maybe I could actually get a job.

      I've been Ayn Randed, nearly branded Communist, 'cause I'm left handed that's the hand I use, well, never mind.

      by evan7257 on Wed Apr 21, 2010 at 03:39:49 PM PDT

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      •  Man (0+ / 0-)

        These days, none of us law students are getting jobs so if you want to write the biography of Homer Thornberry, you should do it!  I didn't know btw that his first language was sign language.  That's fascinating.  It's too bad that he couldn't have been a Supreme Court Justice.  

        I'll tell you about another great judge who never served on the Supreme Court and probably should have and definitely deserves an official biography...former California Supreme Court Justice Stanley Mosk.  He was actually originally a Texan and was absolutely brilliant, kind of like the William Brennan of the California Court.  He served from 1966 until his death in 2001.  But even before he was appointed to the CA Supreme Court, he was making waves.  As a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, he issued landmark decisions advancing women's rights and racial integration.  

        So I'll tell you what, you write the biography of Homer Thornberry and I'll write the biography of Stanley Mosk.  :)

        •  Its a deal! (1+ / 0-)
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          SoCalLiberal

          Now I just have to figure out who his clerks were and convince them to talk to me.

          I've been Ayn Randed, nearly branded Communist, 'cause I'm left handed that's the hand I use, well, never mind.

          by evan7257 on Thu Apr 22, 2010 at 09:41:54 AM PDT

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          •  Hmmmm (0+ / 0-)

            I'm sure that he had some clerks who went on to become Supreme Court clerks.  You might be able to start from there.  Google searching helps as well because prominent lawyers will always have who they clerked for on their webpages (even former law clerks to Rose Bird).  

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              I'll try that. I also met one of Thornberry's clerks once. She was running for a local judgeship in Houston. I'm kicking myself because I lost her email address.

              I've been Ayn Randed, nearly branded Communist, 'cause I'm left handed that's the hand I use, well, never mind.

              by evan7257 on Fri Apr 23, 2010 at 10:00:03 AM PDT

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