Brigham Young University Prelaw Review


Trey Dayes


Bill of Rights, Law and order, Clarence Thomas


We often assume that law and order will always prevail, that our rights will always be protected. However, this is not necessarily true. Many times the rights granted in the Bill of Rights are neglected. This was the case with Clarence Thomas. The legal process which he endured was not a trial, but a hearing. He was submitted to a gross injustice by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Due to the fact that this was not an actual trial Thomas was not charged with a criminal offence. He was merely under investigation. However, because this was only an investigation, he was denied some of the rights that would have been guaranteed to him by the Bill of Rights.

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