Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was in Nice Thursday, but was not in the city when more than 80 people were killed in a terrorist attack during a Bastille Day celebration.
Thomas, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune, was in France teaching a class on “Constitutional Law in a Global Context” for a program offerd through San Diego’s Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
Edgar Hopida, a spokesperson for the school, told the newspaper that Thomas left Thursday morning. Later that night, a large truck filled with explosives plowed into a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day resulting in at least 84 fatalities.
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According to Hopida, while all of the school’s students have yet to be accounted for, none have been reported injured or dead.
Thomas was making his first appearance in Nice to teach the class put on as part of a four-week program in partnership with the University of Nice School of Law. Originally, the teaching was to be done by Justice Antonin Scalia, who had taught at the program four times in the past.
However, following Scalia’s death earlier this year, Thomas was invited to take his place.
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h/t: San Diego Union-Tribune￼￼￼￼
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