A protest against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas at Drake University this afternoon turned out more people in favor of Thomas than against. Around a half dozen people turned out for the protest against Justice Thomas, who is teaching a course at the Drake Law School. Drake Law School faculty member Sally Frank is the organizer, saying Americans should protest at any appearance by the five justices who ruled in favor of stopping the vote count in Florida for the 2000 presidential election.She says what the justices did in stopping the vote count was a “coup” and would’ve been protested in any other country. Frank says she also has concerns about some of Justice Thomas’ other stands.She says she’s against Thomas on the death penalty, affirmative action, civil rights, women’s rights and the Anita Hill case. Few people joined the protest on the sidewalk in front of Drake’s Law School building, but a dozen or so law students did watch from the balcony of the building. At times they jeered the protestors. Third-year law student Tim Coonan stepped forward, saying it’s an honor to have a Supreme Court Justice on campus.Coonan says Frank should’ve offered to debate the issues with Thomas in a scholarly manor befitting a university setting. Coonan, is from Des Moines and hopes the protest doesn’t harm Drake’s reputation Coonan was in Thomas’ first class on Monday and says it was a good, worthwhile experience that law students rarely get.Thomas is teaching the class all this week and is not talking to the media.
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