January 28, 2011- Protect Our Elections has just obtained copies of the amended financial statements submitted to the Committee on Financial Disclosure by Justice Clarence Thomas. They are dated January 21st, 2011, and marked as received on the 22nd- a Saturday. This means someone had to go into work on a day when government offices are normally closed in order to receive them. We contacted the Administrative Office of the United States Courts and they confirmed that the offices are normally closed on Saturdays. Clearly Justice Thomas wanted to get these amendments filed ahead of the Sunday talk shows. Additionally, the new documents indicate that Justice Thomas has been "inadvertently" neglecting to report his wife's income since 1989.
February 4, 2011- The wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, who has raised her political profile in the last year through her outspoken conservative activism, is rebranding herself as a lobbyist and self-appointed “ambassador to the Tea Party movement.”
Virginia Thomas, the justice’s wife, said on libertyinc.co, a Web site for her new political consulting business, that she saw herself as an advocate for “liberty-loving citizens” who favored limited government, free enterprise and other core conservative issues. She promised to use her “experience and connections” to help clients raise money and increase their political impact.
–By Thom Hartmann
January 17, 2011- The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.
—John Stuart Mill
In 2003, after my book Unequal Protection was first published, I gave a talk at one of the larger law schools in Vermont. Around 300 people showed up, mostly students, with a few dozen faculty and some local lawyers. I started by asking, “Please raise your hand if you know that in 1886, in the Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad case, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons and therefore entitled to rights under the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.”
February 1, 2011- The Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007, which amended the Ethics in Government Act, increased the civil fine for false statement on a Financial Disclosure Form from $10,000 to $50,000 and added the criminal penalties of one year for each violation. Clarence Thomas filed at least three forms after the effective date of the Act. It should be noted that Congress, in Section 701 of the Act, specifically made these changes applicable to federal judges.
Watchdog Group Says Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Appears to Have 'Knowingly and Willfully' Violated Rule of Law for Twenty Years by Falsifying Disclosure Forms
Group Charges That Justice Thomas Receiving Special Treatment
WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The words "EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW" are famously chiseled above the main portico of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington D.C. But it appears that Justice Clarence Thomas is instead receiving special treatment under the law, says the watchdog group, www.ProtectOurElections.org.
Evidence is mounting that Justice Thomas violated federal law from 1989 through the present by failing to report his wife's annual salary by checking "NONE" on the box for "Non-Investment Income" on judicial AO 10 Financial Disclosure Reports. Seven of those forms can be found at http://protectourelections.org/index.php?q=node/105.
February 1, 2011- Justices Breyer, Ginsberg, Kennedy and Roberts all reported their spousal income on the same forms that Justice Thomas used when he failed to report his spousal income. See below. These four Justices did not have any trouble understanding that “non-investment” income means a salary from employment. We issued a new press release this morning asserting that Justice Thomas “knowingly and willfully” falsified 20 years of financial forms. Read it here
Click the links below to see the financial disclosures of four justices who were able to comprehend the meaning of "non-investment spousal income":