Sunday, November 24, 2013

A fight worth losing: investigating Clarenece Thomas

Since the Senate is finally getting serious about stopping Republican shenanigans around judicial nominations, it's worth recalling that one of the worst appointments even made to the Supreme Court was a Republican one, Clarence Thomas. Old Man Bush made the nomination. Alleged GOP moderate Sen. Senator John Danforth of Missouri sponsored him.

Politico's Jennifer Epstein reported several years ago now in Clarence Thomas revises disclosure forms 01/24/2011 on the dubious behavior of Justice Thomas:

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has amended 13 years’ worth of disclosure reports to include details of wife Virginia Thomas’s sources of income, documents released on Monday show.

The documents indicate that Thomas's wife, who goes by Ginni, had worked for Hillsdale College in Michigan, the Heritage Foundation and the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives, among other entities.
A serious Senate hearing on Supreme Court ethics that examined Thomas' considerable ethical lapses and Antonin Scalia's as well would certainly be a useful exercise.

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