Dems Seek Probe of Clarence Thomas
20 lawmakers say he failed to disclose wife's earnings
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2011 2:59 PM CDT
Associate Justice Clarence Thomas sits with other Supreme Court judges for a new group photograph, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, at the Supreme Court in Washington.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – Clarence Thomas may not only have to recuse himself from a Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare—he might also face an investigation into his finances, Raw Story reports. Yesterday 20 House Democrats called for a probe into Thomas' failure to comply with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978. More specifically, they want to know why Thomas didn't disclose the $700,000 his wife earned from the Heritage Foundation from 2003 to 2007.

"To believe that Justice Thomas didn't know how to fill out a basic disclosure form is absurd," says Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. Thomas released his latest financial disclosure in May, after 74 Congress members asked him to recuse himself from Obamacare rulings because of his wife's financial ties to a group that opposes the plan. The disclosure revealed that Virginia Thomas did indeed receive $150,000 from Liberty Central, a group she co-founded that has lobbied to repeal Obamacare.

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sobe
Oct 2, 2011 11:54 AM CDT
This is the greatest problem with this... As long as there are 5 to 4 rulings on the Supreme Court and the winning side had at least one Justice with a conflict of interest in the case, the legitimacy of the Supreme Court will be put into question. If the highest court in the land becomes insignificant because the people of the US no longer trust their judgements, the entire reason and purpose behind the Supreme Court being the final say will no exist. The only option forward for Thomas is to resign, otherwise, all decisions that he participates in will not be legitimate and there will always be the feeling that it should be appealed to someplace higher and when there is nothing higher, the ruling will lose all its weight. Thomas had a conflict of interest with the Citizens United case and that was a 5 to 4 ruling. That ruling is not legitimate nor just, and very few people hold it as the final word. Thomas has done that to our court. The Supreme Court is now insignificant thanks to him.
fractal
Oct 2, 2011 1:21 AM CDT
The first reason to probe Thomas is to ascertain whether he is fully conscious and operating on all cylinders. He might be sprouting mini-strokes, which would explain why he can't keep his financial house in order.
crafter67
Oct 1, 2011 9:24 PM CDT
too funny - Clinton gets raked over the coals for dodging questions about sexual contact with an intern that has NO bearing on public policy and all the republican's scream for blood and impeachment - Thomas outright LIES on a disclosure form that has a massive implication for the shaping of public policy and he should get a pass? how is THAT justifiable?