-By Mike Sacks
February 17, 2012- WASHINGTON — The calls for Justice Clarence Thomas to recuse himself from the health care cases to be heard in March took a theatrical turn at the Supreme Court on Friday morning as two liberal advocacy groups unspooled a petition containing over 100,000 signatures stretching about 300 feet from the sidewalk to the Court's steps. The stunt, however, was quickly stymied by swirling morning winds that tangled and tore the taped-together pieces of paper containing the names and comments of the petition's signatories.
-By Andrew Kreig
The federal courts function honestly, according to the annual report on the federal judiciary that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts issued Dec. 31 in the middle of the New Year's holiday weekend. Noting at the outset the disgrace that bribery brought to baseball in 1919, Roberts said the federal judiciary needs no reforms because its members seek to address their duties in an ethical manner. Roberts said he had "complete confidence" in the integrity of judges, including his colleagues on the Supreme Court. As chief justice, Roberts presides over both the nine-member Supreme Court and the administrative office of the federal judiciary. His report focused heavily on the need for public confidence in the judiciary. But he recommended nothing more than what he called continued self-discipline by judges.
Liberty Central.org a C4 corporation that listed as its CEO Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and funded by Texas billionaire Harlan Crow released its form 990 which we are now looking over. Some of the problems we see with it are in the financials. I shall highlight them here:
1. Compensation of Virginia Thomas set at 120,511.00
2. Listed 25 employees of which only 3 others were paid out of donated funds. Total salaries were for Chief Operating Officer Sarah Field at 83,750.00 dollars. Tracy Price as Treasurer, who was paid 22,000.00 dollars. And Sue Hamblin as Secretary, who was paid 33,510.00 dollars. The rest of the boards of directors were paid nothing. Total salaries were reported at 259,771.00.
3. Money that went to Information Technology was 141.717.00 dollars.
4. Fees for services listed as OTHER was 389,306.00 dollars. This other is totally unaccounted for and is not disclosed at all on how it was paid, or who it was paid to, or even what was paid for.
After three extensions, Virginia Thomas finally filed her Liberty Central 2010 990 tax return with the IRS. It is readily apparent why she delayed its release as long as legally possible. First, Liberty Central took in close to a million dollars in 2010 and spent a majority of its income on salaries and wages. Second, Virginia Thomas took a whopping $120,000+ in salary herself. Third, Liberty Central lists “other” for $389,306 and “other salaries and wages” for $285,412. Third, Liberty Central spent $140,717 on information technology.
-By Earl Ofari Hutchinson
November 21, 2011- If Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was not Justice Thomas but an ordinary Thomas he'd be behind bars. He is the ultra-conservative's equivalent of the Mafia "Made Man." The tag confers untouchability on the bearer. Thomas wears the tag for his rock solid ultra conservative views, his showcase value to cover GOP and Tea Party bigotry, and most importantly his knee jerk vote on the High Court against civil rights, civil liberties protections and to expand corporate power. A cursory checklist of Thomas's financial manipulations, abuse, and duplicity, and outright illegality complete with the legal statues and codes that he's violated confirm his made man tag, meaning hands off from investigators and prosecutors.
Thomas has received cash, gifts, and foundation donations totaling more than $2 million during the past decade. Since 2004 he has declared none of his largesse to the IRS.
The gifts are improper, could constitute or be perceived as bribes, and may violate
-By Mike Sacks
November 18, 2011- Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) is turning up the heat on Justice Clarence Thomas based on new information that builds upon previous reports of his alleged ethical lapses.
In late September, Slaughter had sent a letter to the Judicial Conference of the United States to request official action on Thomas' multiyear failure to disclose his wife's income from various conservative think tanks and activist organizations. The Judicial Conference is the principal policy-making and administrative body for the federal court system.
On Friday, Slaughter submitted a new letter, this time addressed to Chief Justice John Roberts in his capacity as the presiding officer of the Judicial Conference, to update and clarify the September letter.