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Twenty House Democrats have requested that a federal investigation be opened into Justice Clarence Thomas’s failure to comply with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978. Last week the Democrats wrote a letter to the Judicial Conference of the United States requesting that the Department of Justice open the investigation.

The letter outlines how, throughout his 20-year tenure on the Supreme Court, Thomas routinely checked a box titled "none" on his annual financial disclosure forms, indicating that his wife had received no income. But in reality…she earned nearly $700,000 from the Heritage Foundation from 2003 to 2007 alone. –Huffington Post

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter has rightly argued that Justice Thomas, as a member of the highest court in the land, should have known full well how to fill out a routine financial disclosure form. To state that he simply made a mistake year after year to the tune of more than $700,000 is suspicious, plain and simple.

According to the letter, Justice Thomas may have also failed to disclose other gifts, including the free use of a private yacht and plane belonging to Harlan Crow, a major Republican donor and Thomas’s close friend. (Notably, Crow also gave Thomas’s wife $500,000 in 2009 to help start Liberty Central, a conservative advocacy group; these funds were not initially disclosed either.)

The Supreme Court is far too crucial a deliberative body for us to allow ethical “mistakes” like this to slide. Each Justice is charged with upholding and shaping the law, and no Justice is above it.


  1. Gravatar for Gerry McGill

    Interesting that it is the 20th anniversary of the comfirmation hearings for Justice Thomas. Anybody remember Anita Hill? Anyone remember the Justice calling the hearings a "high tech lynching"?

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