more on Clarence Thomas

Topics: Rights
12 Oct 1992

From: ervan

>From the Sep 21 TNR:

His colleagues struck down a law allowing
patients who had been acquitted by reason of insanity
to be held indefinitely in mental hospitals, even after
the state conluded that they were no longer mentally
ill. In a sarcastic dissent, Thomas insisted that the
"freedom from bodily restraint" protected by the due
process clause means "quite literally freedom not to be
physically strapped to a bad" with "shackles," and does
not include freedom from being instituitionalized
indefiinitely at the pleasure of the state.

So, any comments on the first debate?