Sunday, January 23, 2011

Clarence Thomas forgets his spouse

After all the years I worked in the law business, I actually didn't know that "the Supreme Court is 'the only judicial body in the country that is not governed by a set of judicial ethical rules.'" It appears that they could use one. Or at least some *cough* conservative *cough* justices could. I mean it's difficult to see how this could possibly be an inadvertent omission by Clarence Thomas. Seriously, did he forget Ginni was his wife?
Virginia Thomas earned over $680,000 from conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation over five years, a group says. But Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas did not include it on financial disclosure forms.
We're talking five years in a row here and we can add the last reporting period when he also reported her income as none. Seems hard to believe she spent so much time organizing and leading the Tea Party group Liberty Central for free.

By law, Thomas is supposed to disclose sources of spousal income, but I won't be holding my breath waiting for him to suffer some penalty for it. I suppose he'll be forced to amend his reports though and maybe we'll get to find out how much Liberty Central paid for a direct pipeline to SCOTUS. So there's that...

[Big thanks to Jon Perr filling in for Mike for the kind link. Be sure to check out his own blog Perrspectives.]

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Their should be a consequence for Judge Thomas' lapse. On the other hand, he should not have bothered to pay any taxes on it either. That would put him in line for a high cabinet position in the Obama administration.

11:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Firstly, you mean "there".

Secondly, what "lapse"? This wasn't a lapse, it was a deliberate omission.

11:23:00 AM  

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