Clarence Thomas' Wife: He's Not Retiring

Virginia Thomas shoots down 'bogus' rumors
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2016 1:20 PM CDT
Clarence Thomas' Wife: He's Not Retiring
In this Nov. 15, 2007 file photo, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas sits with his wife Virginia Thomas in Washington.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Anonymous sources told the Washington Examiner that conservative Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas was considering stepping down from the bench after the presidential election—and the story circulated widely enough that Thomas' wife has now put the kibosh on it. "For all those who are contacting me about the possibility of my husband retiring, I say—unsubscribe from those false news sources and carry on with your busy lives," Ginni Thomas wrote on Facebook Sunday underneath a photo of a sign reading "scam alert."

"IT. IS. BOGUS!" Ginni Thomas continued. "Paul Bedard needs to find a phone in his life and unnamed sources are worth as much as their transparency is." Bedard, author of the original Examiner article, noted after Thomas' Facebook post that this "would be good news for conservatives because his retirement would have a substantial impact on control of the court. The next president is expected to immediately replace the seat opened by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, providing a one-vote edge in the court that is currently divided 4-4." (More Clarence Thomas stories.)

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