February 18, 2011- The Code of Conduct for United States Judges provides that in almost all circumstances, “a judge should not personally participate in fund-raising activities.” Yet, because the Justices of the Supreme Court have exempted themselves from this Code, conservative Justices Scalia, Thomas and Alito have all participated in high-dollar fundraisers for right-wing political causes. In response to this unethical — but technically legal — conduct by these three justices, Rep. Chris Murphy (D-CT) is pushing a bill that would end the Supreme Court’s immunity to federal ethics law:
Sign the Letter To Congress To Investigate And Impeach Clarence Thomas For Falsifying 20 Years Of Financial Documents
Sign The Petition To The Department Of Justice To Prosecute Clarence Thomas For Falsifying 20 Years Of Financial Documents
Sign the Peace Team petition demanding Clarence Thomas be impeached.
February 17, 2011- The standards of behavior to which we hold ourselves and others – particularly those in public office – have slid towards mediocrity. In the media the slide appears to be most driven by ratings and greed. In politics and government it often seems to be driven by misplaced feelings of self-righteous entitlement.
Recently, it has come to light that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, over several years, has failed to report his wife’s rather substantial income. A one-time failure may be human error; but muliple consecutive failures is a willful, criminal, act. Thomas deserves impeachment. His behavior is not acceptable for a Supreme Court Justice.
February 17, 2011- The Supreme Court and Judicial Activism
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen may have created a new gold standard for constitutional ignorance. The recent decision by a Florida federal judge to strike down the whole of the new federal health care law, a decision at odds with two other rulings, prompted Van Hollen to declare that “effectively, Wisconsin was relieved of any obligations or duties that were created” under terms of the law. Even the judge stayed his ruling pending appeal.
Murphy to Drop Bill to End Conflicts of Interest, Thwart Special Interest Influence at Supreme Court
February 17, 2011- After learning about outrageous actions by Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia, Congressman Chris Murphy (CT-5) is working on legislation to end conflicts of interest at the nation's highest court. In the midst of the Citizens United case, Thomas and Scalia were hosted by the infamous Koch brothers, who funded many of the attacks ads this fall, at lavish retreats intended to discuss their radical agenda and plot political strategy on issues like the Citizens United case.
"If I were to ask someone on a Main Street in Connecticut if they would be comfortable with a Supreme Court justice accepting a plane ticket and all expenses paid at a fancy hotel courtesy of a special interest, I know what their answer would be. No way. Yet, Justices Scalia and Thomas did just that – while one of the Koch brothers' top priorities was pending before the highest court in the land. It is outrageous, and demands that Congress take action," said Murphy.
February 17, 2011- Article Two of the United States Constitution says that Supreme Court justices, once appointed by the President and confirmed by “advice and consent” of the Senate, shall serve for life as long as they serve “during good behavior.” A justice’s tenure can be abbreviated by resignation, retirement, or death, and most Justices either retire or die during their service on the nation’s highest court. There is however, a provision in the Constitution for a Supreme Court justice who does not serve “during good behavior” that involves indicting and trying the offender. It is time for Congress to act and proceed with impeachment proceedings against Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia for serving “during criminal behavior” and for subverting the Constitution.
February 17, 2011- A new online petition by CREDO Action is asking Clarence Thoms to recuse himself from considering the upcoming healthcare lawsuit due to conflict of interest. At the time of writing it has over 178,000 signatures.
Next week, Congressman Anthony Weiner will deliver the following letter to the Supreme Court:
As an Associate Justice, you are entrusted with the responsibility to exercise the highest degree of discretion and impartiality when deciding a case. We join Rep. Anthony Weiner and other members of Congress in writing to note our surprise at recent revelations of your financial ties to leading organizations dedicated to lobbying against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. We write today to respectfully ask that you maintain the integrity of this court and recuse yourself from any deliberations on the constitutionality of this act.