US Senate Democrats: Bennet Urges DOJ To Review Voter ID Laws

Restrictive Voter ID Laws Could Disenfranchise Thousands of Eligible Voters

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) today requested that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) carefully review highly restrictive photo identification voter requirements that are under consideration or recently signed into law in several states that could potentially disenfranchise thousands of eligible voters.

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Bennet—along with Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV) and U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin (IL), Chuck Schumer (NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Sherrod Brown (OH), Jeanne Shaheen (NH), Jeff Merkley (OR), Mark Begich (AK), Ben Cardin (MD), Mary Landrieu (LA), Patty Murray (WA), Ron Wyden (OR), Tom Harkin (IA), Herb Kohl (WI) and Tom Udall (NM)—expressed serious concerns about voter identification laws, which could disenfranchise American voters.

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Philadelphia Jewish Voice: More court ethics, less Clarence Thomas

-by Bruce Ticker

June 28, 2011- Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's shameless violation of judicial ethics cries out for a better way to choose justices and keep them accountable.
He is above the law that lists ethics rules for federal judges who serve on the lower courts, but he should have known better than to get so cozy with Harlan Crow, a major donor to conservative causes from Dallas.

When he retired in 1991, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall predicted that the elder President Bush might replace him with a black conservative.

Thomas's tenure openly mocked Marshall's bid to advocate for the concerns of the black community, and concerns that affect all Americans.

Thomas benefits from a system that protects justices from accountability and was selected through an undemocratic process.

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Truthdig: John Dean Knows How to Get Rid of Clarence Thomas

-By John Dean

June 28, 2011- For good reason, there has been serious hand-wringing over what to do about the ethical lapses of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. The fact that Supreme Court justices are exempt from the code of ethical conduct which applies to the rest of the federal judiciary; the problem of bringing a sitting justice before the Congress to question the conduct of a constitutional co-equal; the reality that justices cannot easily defend themselves against news media charges; the defiant, in-your-face posture of Thomas—the list goes on but it need not. There is clear precedent for how to deal with the justice. Thomas could be forced off the bench.

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The Corporate Observer: Clarence Thomas and Harlan Crow: A friendship with benefits?

-by Steven Berk

June 20, 2011- Sunday’s New York Times ran a front page story entitled the “Justice and the Magnate” about Associate United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ relationship with Harlan Crow, a Dallas-based Real Estate tycoon whose family was once the largest landlord in the United States.  It seems that over the years Mr. Crow has been very generous with Justice Thomas and his family.  Generous to the tune of millions of dollars.  Most notably, Mr. Crow donated:

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Huffington Post: Democrats, Winning, and Clarence Thomas

-By Andrew Reinbach

June 27, 2011- Are Congressional Democrats secret Republicans? You'd think so if you listen to what they do about Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

How else explain their long silence since Justice Thomas' January confession to perjury — following a complaint detailing said perjury to the Judicial Conference of the United States, filed on January 21st by watchdog groups Common Cause and the Alliance for Justice? How do you explain their silence about his, and his wife's, glaring conflicts of interest?

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Congressman Presses House Judiciary Leaders on Supreme Court Ethics, Noting Recent Gifts to Justice Clarence Thomas

American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

June 23, 2011– Rep. Chris Murphy has urged leaders of the House Judiciary Committee to conduct a hearing consider a measure that “would end the Supreme Court’s immunity to judicial ethics laws,” Think Progress’s Ian Millhiser reports.

Murphy’s letter follows a recent report in The New York Times about Justice Clarence Thomas’s connections to Harlan Crow, “a major contributor to conservative causes,” including allegedly providing $500,000 to Thomas’s wife, Virginia, to launch a Tea Party group that worked to scuttle the landmark health care reform law. Thomas, The Times reported, has received other gifts from Crow, who has also donated $175,000 to a museum being constructed in the justice’s birthplace of Pin Point, Ga., which undoubtedly celebrate Thomas.

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