On October 15, 1991, the US Senate confirmed Clarence Thomas's nomination to serve as US Supreme Court Justice in place of retiring Justice Thurgood Marshall. Justice Thomas's confirmation passed 52-48, the narrowest margin of a US Supreme Court confirmation in more than a century. The hearings became controversial after an FBI report leaked allegations of sexual harassment against Thomas by Anita Hill, a law professor and former employee supervised by Thomas at both the Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Justice Thomas, a textualist, forms part of what is seen as the current conservative majority of the court.
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