-By Linn Bayne
June 24, 2011- Nearly 200,000 people have signed a petition calling for the resignation of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and those people are making making waves in Washington. Thanks to their activism, momentum is building behind an effort to hold Thomas accountable for his blatant disregard of the Judicial Code of Conduct.
Just yesterday, Congressman Chris Murphy penned a “dear colleague” letter, asking his fellow Members of Congress to sign on to an urgent request to Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith. This letter, spurred by the recent New York Times expose of Clarence Thomas’ unethical relationship with rightwing funder and activist Harlan Crow, urges the House Judiciary Committee to hold hearings on escalating reports of unethical behavior by Supreme Court Justices.