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September 6, 1991 | Reuters
Retiring Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall has been hospitalized for diagnostic tests, a hospital spokesman said Thursday. "Justice Marshall was admitted to the Bethesda Naval Medical Center for routine diagnostic testing after complaining of dizziness," Navy Lt. Cmdr. Bill Clyde said. "He's in good spirits and good condition. His vital signs are normal and there is no life-threatening condition at this time."
April 3, 1993
Regarding your recent editorial "Restoring Balance to a Controversial Court" (March 20) I am surprised The Times did not give retiring Supreme Court Justice Byron White the glorious send-off it gave to Thurgood Marshall. The Times says that White was "somewhat of a puzzle." "Puzzle"? I find nothing "puzzling" whatsoever about a man who avoided partisanship and voted to defend the defenseless: The rights of minorities to vote, the right for children to pray, and the rights for the unborn to live.
April 3, 1989
March 21 will go down as a sad day in American history. On that day, the Supreme Court of the United States threw the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution ("the right of the people to be secure in their persons . . . shall not be violated . . . but upon probable cause") upon a funeral pyre, sacrificed to the hysteria of drug testing (Part I, March 22). The court, in its wisdom, has turned the fundamental precept of innocent until proven guilty upside down. Guilty until proven innocent is now the law of the land, probable cause be damned.
August 4, 1990 | Associated Press
Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall was hospitalized for observation Friday after a fall the day before in Chicago, a court spokeswoman said. Marshall, 82, was admitted to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., where he was listed in stable condition, Toni House said. She said Marshall, who was in Chicago to speak at the annual convention of the American Bar Assn., stumbled in the lobby of his hotel Thursday evening.
December 11, 1987 | Associated Press
Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall thinks the Justice Department under the Reagan Administration is more interested in politics than sound legal arguments, it was disclosed Thursday. "I think there are certain movements that the Department of Justice is making which could be interpreted as trying to undermine the Supreme Court itself, which is, of course, impossible," Marshall said. "They can't separate the political from the legal.
January 2, 2003
I had a good laugh reading the Dec. 29 commentary by Scott Gerber, "The Strong, Silent Supreme Type." Let me get this straight -- Justice Clarence Thomas' silence is somehow a strength? A strength that elevates him to the stature of Oliver Wendell Holmes? And adding insult to injury, just because Thomas has spoken out on racial issues, somehow Gerber has the audacity to compare Thomas favorably to a truly great justice, Thurgood Marshall. This "defense" of one of the least experienced, least qualified justices in modern times rings hollow.
June 28, 1991
To some Americans, 82-year-old Thurgood Marshall was just another dour-looking Supreme Court justice, the one who stood out in portraits of the court as one of the oldest members and the only African American. But Marshall is much more than that. He is truly a historic figure; he changed this nation in ways that few presidents can claim. Thurgood Marshall changed, literally, the face of the nation.
July 27, 1990 | From Associated Press
Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall says he is unsure what to make of President Bush's choice of David H. Souter for the high court, but he suggested in an interview broadcast Thursday that it is a politically motivated appointment dictated by a presidential aide. Asked by interviewer Sam Donaldson on ABC's "Primetime Live" why he thought Bush picked Souter to replace retired Justice William J. Brennan Jr., Marshall replied: "I don't have the slightest idea. Never heard of him (Souter).
January 28, 1993 | From Associated Press
Thousands of people visited Thurgood Marshall's coffin as he lay in state Wednesday, with the line of mourners wrapping around the Supreme Court building where he won his greatest civil rights victory and later served as the first black justice on the high court. Many people said they felt compelled to say goodby to a man they had never met. "He was a man of courage, a man of dignity and a man of strength," said Erold Jean Francois, an immigrant from Haiti who attends a Miami high school.
August 11, 1988 | United Press International
Justice Thurgood Marshall said Wednesday that blacks may be losing the battle for equality and warned a gathering of black judges and lawyers that racism is "broader and stronger than before." During a rare public appearance at the annual meeting of the National Bar Assn., Marshall exhorted blacks to continue to work for a common goal of eliminating racism in the United States.
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