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Truth proves elusive in nomination drama
Chicago Tribune (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Chicago, Ill.
Author: Linda P. Campbell and Christopher Drew, Chicago Tribune.
Date: Oct 15, 1991
Start Page: 1
Section: NEWS
Abstract (Document Summary)

The airing of law professor Anita F. Hill's sexual-harassment allegations against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas has painted a perplexing picture of a soured friendship, yet does not resolve the ultimate question of who is telling the truth.

Amid the charges, denials and countercharges leveled during three grueling days of extraordinary Senate hearings, it became clear that Thomas and Hill shared conservative political ideas, an ambition that had lifted each from poverty, and earnest, practical temperaments when they worked together at the Department of Education and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the early 1980s.

Some experts said the Senate should view the process much like a job interview and focus on whether Thomas' conduct was beyond reproach. Others said senators should use criminal courtroom standards and give Thomas the benefit of any reasonable doubt.

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