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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Justice Bought and Paid for

I know this is kinda old, but I need to write something here.

  from the New York Times.. The justice came under criticism last week from Common Cause, a liberal advocacy group, for failing to disclose Mrs. Thomas’s employment as required under the 1978 Ethics in Government Act. While justices are not required to say how much a spouse earns, Common Cause said its review of Internal Revenue Service filings showed that the Heritage Foundation paid Mrs. Thomas $686,589 from 2003 to 2007. The group also asserted that Justice Thomas should have withdrawn from deciding last year’s landmark Citizens United case on campaign finance because of both Mrs. Thomas’s founding of another conservative political group in 2009 and Justice Thomas’s own appearance at a private political retreat organized by Charles Koch, a prominent conservative financier.

 from ABC News.... Seventy-four House Democrats, led by New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, sent a letter to Justice Clarence Thomas Wednesday calling on him to sit out deliberations on the Affordable Care Act because of his wife's ties to a lobbying group that opposes the health care law. "The appearance of a conflict of interest merits recusal under federal law," the letter said. "From what we have already seen, the line between your impartiality and you and your wife's financial stake in the overturn of healthcare reform is blurred." Justice Thomas' wife, Virginia Thomas, founded the conservative group Liberty Central, but stepped down in December amid controversy over a memo under her name calling for the repeal of the "unconstitutional law."

 and from Fox News... http://video.foxnews.com/v/4564065/does-clarence-thomas-have-health-care... 

 and we have to have a view from the Christian Science Monitor. http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Robert-Reich-s-Blog/2011/0304/Clarence...  

 Could this have been a game changer. Should he be removed from the bench? Should all of his votes be rescinded?

 Seems to me it is all about the money and who gets to stick it to the rest of us first All the while, father time is waiting to pull the handle on this "commode" that this country is becoming.

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