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No One Is Above The Law, Including A Supreme Court Justice

Monday, Jan. 24, 2011

When I read that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas  amended his financial disclosure forms I was surprised that he had overlooked some items. When I read that he amended forms dating back 13 years I was shocked.

Surely a man of his qualifications and with his staff would realize that disclosing financial information is fundamental to virtually every judge and officeholder. Yet he failed to disclose income from his spouse--in fact he marked the box indicating no income from her.

This hides the fact that the Heritage Foundation disclosed payments of some $690,000 to his wife between 2003 and 2007. More puzzling is the fact that until 1996, he included her income on his forms.

No one is above the law. Disclosure is both a legal and ethical issue, and should not be taken lightly. A discovery such as this for a local or state officeholder would likely bring a substantial fine.

What do you think the appropriate enforcement action should be for a Supreme Court Justice?

Tags: financial disclosure, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, transparency

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