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Lani Guinier dies at 71

LANI Guinier, the legal scholar at the heart of the 1993 Bill Clinton suffrage controversy, has died aged 71.

Guinier became widely known when former president Bill Clinton withdrew her nomination to the position of assistant attorney general in 1993 following controversy surrounding her views on voting rights and affirmative action.

Scholar Lani Guinier passed away on Friday

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Scholar Lani Guinier passed away on Friday
Guinier became widely known after former president Bill Clinton withdrew his nomination as assistant attorney general

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Guinier became widely known after former president Bill Clinton withdrew his nomination as assistant attorney generalCredit: Getty

Her cousin, Sherrie Russell-Brown, confirmed the news on Friday, New York Times reported.

Guinier is a professor emeritus of law at Harvard Law School and the first woman of color to be assigned there.

Boston Globe reported that she died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

Scholar known in the 1980s for her ideas on how much more America’s legal institutions needed to be transformed in order to realize true democracy.

Guinier believes that the “one person, one vote” principle is not enough and that the US system allows the majority to trample on the rights of the minority.

Former President Clinton has withdrawn her name to be considered an assistant attorney general after Republicans expressed outrage at the choice.

Clinton called some of the scholar’s views “anti-democratic.”

Guinier worked for the Jimmy Carter administration in the late 1970s as a civil rights division of the Justice Department.

She spent most of the 1980s at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s Voting Rights Project and was also a professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania.

Her son Niko Bowie, now an assistant professor at Harvard Law School, told the Boston Globe Guinier ‘taught him the meaning of courage. “

“She taught me that a principle is much more important and courage is much more important than any position someone might give you,” he said.

“The idea of ​​achieving something like a date is nice, but sacrificing something important to you is never worth it.”

Clinton and Guinier were classmates at Yale Law School.

Attorney General Tom Reilly, Governor Mitt Romney, Professor Lani Guinier and Boston Mayor Tom Menino

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Attorney General Tom Reilly, Governor Mitt Romney, Professor Lani Guinier and Boston Mayor Tom MeninoCredit: Getty

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