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Clarence Thomas Did Not Disclose Wife’s Income From Conservative Groups

Posted on Jan 26, 2011

While ruling on cases near and dear to the hearts of his wife’s clients, for 13 years Justice Clarence Thomas failed to report spousal income from conservative groups such as the Heritage Foundation because, he claims, he misunderstood the disclosure forms.


Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has amended 13 years’ worth of disclosure reports to include details of wife Virginia Thomas’s sources of income, documents released on Monday show.

The documents indicate that Thomas’s wife, who goes by Ginni, had worked for Hillsdale College in Michigan, the Heritage Foundation and the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives, among other entities.

Like all federal judges, Thomas must file annual disclosure reports on his personal finances, but he had omitted details of his wife’s earnings in what he wrote was a “misunderstanding of the filing instructions.” He also had checked a box marking no spousal income.

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By drbhelthi, February 8, 2011 at 3:13 pm Link to this comment

From my view, there has been an increase in such folk whose “passage” was underwritten by the “company,” which folk are endlessly involved in repaying the debt.  Which is never repaid. 

Recently, a few supreme court judge types have shown up.  Which types the company
bennies help to forget why their fathers ran away from the family.  Not for lack of love, but due to shame, the feeling of failure and subjugation, with no hope. Superficially, the bennies also assist these folk to almost forget the denigraded life their loving mammas managed to exist through, til they crossed over to meet their “Maker,” some of whom departed gratefully.

In spite of company bennies and blonde hair of some wives, the internal dissonance never departs these folk, and they are just as trapped as their fathers. However, the systemic dishonesty and deceit they reinforce caused their fathers to run away, and made life miserable for their loving mammas.  And now, they are part of the problem.  Heaven help them.

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By Mal Tempo, February 8, 2011 at 6:46 am Link to this comment
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As a conservative, I can only say that Thomas is a disgrace to the values he purports to uphold.

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By starfish, February 7, 2011 at 3:05 pm Link to this comment

Two of the worst U.S. Sup.Ct. Justices in recent memory have been Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. They are both dishonest, destructive Justices.

Both men, and especially Thomas, should be impeached for dishonesty.

Clarence Thomas is on the U.S. Supreme Court but he can’t understand filing instructions for a “LEGALLY required financial disclosure form”?

Get this joker OFF the Court before he does even more harm to this country.

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By Tom in NH, February 7, 2011 at 8:42 am Link to this comment
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Not reporting his wife’s income could NOT have been an oversight!  It HAD to be deliberate. So, what is to be done with a USSC Justice who deliberately signes a false financial disclosure document under penalty of perjury where most of the omitted money came from a conservative political advocacy group??  Add to this his ( and Scalia’s) attendance at political strategy seminars sponsored by the Koch brothers!!! This is calling their impartiality into SERIOUS question!! Americans need to have confidence in the USSC’s impartiality!!

Why is mainstream media ignoring this issue???

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By drbhelthi, January 31, 2011 at 12:20 pm Link to this comment

” We all know nothing is gonna happen to dear Clarence” 
By Steve E, January 27 at 6:30 am

Basing his situation on USGov politics, and historical
pattern, he will receive some type of promotion.

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By reynolds, January 28, 2011 at 3:07 pm Link to this comment

poor, dim witted queenie; you’re sounding like whacko
poor, dim witted swerve`; between a republican and a
hard place.

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By AnnaCatherine, January 28, 2011 at 11:14 am Link to this comment
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What about Mrs. Thomas? Are they both stupid? Don’t they have an accountant? It’s hard to believe that this went unnoticed for thirteen years. Thomas’s behavior over the years makes me wonder if he really ever wanted the job in the first place. He thoroughly enjoyed the appointment limelight, but he should never have been appointed. He’s out of his intellectual element. Just not up to the job.

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By fearnotruth, January 28, 2011 at 3:41 am Link to this comment

...Charlie Rangel…

well, well - they should at least share the same fate, if not the indignity of a public
trial - at the very least, a complaint should be drawn and served

the complaint should focus on the Heritage Foundation and Gini Thomas working
in conspiracy to bribe a seated Federal Judge of the Supreme Court

to consult, or whatever her duties were, for a 501(c)3, public benefit corporation,
that is well known as a servant to the promotion of monied interests, $172,500
per annum… an ‘honorarium’ is not

common, Rico, show the sense with which you were born

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By Observer, January 27, 2011 at 10:36 pm Link to this comment
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Clarence “The Token” Thomas is a disgrace to the Court, the African-American race, and the human race. Of course, as he did with his confirmation hearings, he’ll play the race card if he’s ever confronted on his ignorance/evasion.

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By PatrickHenry, January 27, 2011 at 10:10 pm Link to this comment

What does it tell you about our ever changing tax code when a supreme court justice can’t figure it out?

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By Steve E, January 27, 2011 at 9:37 pm Link to this comment

The article states, “Until 1996, Thomas included his wife’s income on his
disclosure forms”. So what happened then Clarence, gray matter meltdown? This
perverted corporate stooge slithered to the bench after testimony from a very
courageous Anita Hill who warned us all we needed to know about Clarence before
he filled the role as a token African American Supreme and right wing water boy.
Then years later his dollar sucking wife decided to bring the whole matter up
again regarding Anita Hill and got lambasted by another witness to Clarence’s
transgressions who backed Anita’s story, now this. It must be terribly
embarrassing to say the least at all the shmoozy cocktail parties and glitzy formal
dinners in Washington when Clarence and his charming wife are in attendance. I
guess all that money eases the pain. May you and your wife get caught with a
German Sheperd some day soon, numbnuts

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By berniem, January 27, 2011 at 9:02 pm Link to this comment

At best a pompous and dogmatic ideologue suffering from Stockholm Syndrome. More than likely Thomas is a Quisling not only to his heritage but also to a system that helped him attain a status he could only have dreamed of had the reactionaries he now so fondly embraces been dominant during his formative years. The man is an intellectual lightweight Peter Principled to an exalted position which he now thinks places him above the responsibilities of mere mortals. This shill for the plutocrats and oligarchs who play him like a poorly tuned honky-tonk piano not only violated Anita Hill but also the Blind Lady Justice and should be granted the distinction of impeachment before he further destroys our constitution in league with Scalia, Alito, and Roberts who should also be stripped of their robes for their conflicted rulings! FREE BRADLEY MANNING!!!!!

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By Queenie, January 27, 2011 at 8:22 pm Link to this comment

Poor dimwitted Clarence. Hauling ass fo da massah all deese years sho nuf been a baaaad boy. But das ok. He be safe. Orin be his defense. Orin be da man.

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By hoophag, January 27, 2011 at 8:01 pm Link to this comment
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Instead of investigating the validity of the president’s birth certificate,
Darrell Issa, chairman of the house committee on oversight and
government reform, needs to investigate Clarence Thomas.

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By LOL, January 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm Link to this comment
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A Supreme Court Judge of the United States does not comprehend or misinterprets disclosure forms to file income taxes? What is his role on the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land? Fire him, get him off this post. He is incompetent.

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By SarcastiCanuck, January 27, 2011 at 1:18 pm Link to this comment
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Isn’t a Supreme court judge supposed to be of impeccable character and deep seated knowledge and wisdom?Thats how they earn the title ‘Supreme’.So Clarence gets away with “Sorry,no speaka da English” on his tax disclosure.Hmmmm.Somebody better tell Steven Segal that some Americans are indeed ‘above the law’.Better yet,send Steve down to lay out an ass whooping or two…..That will keep em honest since they don’t seem to fear the lady holding the scales…..disgusting..Whoop em good Steve.

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By AT, January 27, 2011 at 1:09 pm Link to this comment
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CAnning in secret history of the CIA PART 2, IS IT
To be continued.

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By Rodney, January 27, 2011 at 12:01 pm Link to this comment
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Let the impeachment proceedings begin.

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By knute, January 27, 2011 at 11:45 am Link to this comment
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Golly Clarence “Uncle” Thomas, Would the average american get a pass on this as you feel you should ? Just curious.

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By M L, January 27, 2011 at 10:53 am Link to this comment
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This is another reason we need term limits. Plead ignorance and “skate” .What’s up with this diplomatic immunity? Why should a supreme court justice be held to a different standard and allowed to subvert the law? Term limits for lawmakers and supreme court justices.

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By drbhelthi, January 27, 2011 at 10:48 am Link to this comment

When an experienced Juris Doctor graduate of Yale Law
School fails to comprehend the instructions on IRS
forms, perhaps both the forms and the Juris Doctor
require review.  Review, not simple viewing.

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By Steve E, January 27, 2011 at 4:58 am Link to this comment

Next question, will this lying piece of excrement pay his back taxes? This is
banana republic type BS, a prize example of our judicial system as it is
today.Mother of God, there is no hope left at all.

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By The Messiah, January 27, 2011 at 2:20 am Link to this comment
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Think Clarence would accept “ignorance of the law” as a defense if brought before
the Supremes?

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By Inherit The Wind, January 27, 2011 at 2:06 am Link to this comment

A GOP Congress impeach Clarence Thomas, for “forgetting” to pay his taxes and “forgetting” to declare income?  On what planet?  Unless you can find clear evidence of him taking bribes and saying “Yes, I’ll vote your way”, or with an underage female, naked, he’s untouchable.

For a Federal judge to be impeached, his crimes have to be SO egregious that even his own party members stop defending him.  When you see Orren Hatch and Eric Cantor turn on Clarence Thomas, THEN he’s through.  Until then, impeaching the man ain’t happening.

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By The Messiah, January 27, 2011 at 2:04 am Link to this comment
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Ignorance of the law. Is that a legitimate defense if your poor and convicted of a
victimless crime?

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By don theis, January 27, 2011 at 1:42 am Link to this comment
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Get real! This guy doesn’t understand the requirements of being on the scotus. How can he make decisions that change our lives?

What kind of f##king dummy doesn’t understand reporting your income. Does he live in a vacuum?

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By Steve E, January 27, 2011 at 1:30 am Link to this comment

We all know nothing is gonna happen to dear Clarence.

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By samosamo, January 27, 2011 at 1:12 am Link to this comment



‘Be’s i’s a member of da supremes, I does not hass to does dat
kin of countin.’

If someone talked like that I would expect him to not know
what he was doing or is required to do. But clarence does not
talk like that.

It does put him in a position of being incapable of making
judgements in the supreme court. Down right shows he
should have never been allowed on the scotus. Absolutely
qualifies him for impeachment for income tax evasion or;
“”“A Supreme Court Justice may be impeached by the House of
Representatives and removed from office if convicted in a
Senate trial, but only for the same types of offenses that would
trigger impeachment proceedings for any other government
official under Articles I and II of the Constitution.

Article III, Section 1 states that judges of Article III courts shall
hold their offices “during good behavior.” “The phrase “good
behavior” has been interpreted by the courts to equate to the
same level of seriousness ‘high crimes and misdemeanors”

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By starfish, January 27, 2011 at 12:53 am Link to this comment

Can Congress please impeach that S.O.B. now?

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By IceNine, January 27, 2011 at 12:24 am Link to this comment

RenZo, this seems not to be an income tax evasion issue, but rather a conflict of interest issue. For Justice Thomas to rule on cases involving his wife’s paying clients, is most definitely a conflict of interest.

Anyway, the notion that Justice Thomas did not understand the requirement to report his wife’s income in these instances is pure malarky.

I’d be stunned if he were really pressed to explain this, or to answer for it, in either context.

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By Beltwaylaid, January 26, 2011 at 11:31 pm Link to this comment
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Time to get a special prosecutor a la Kenny Starr to investigate the conservative influence on the Supreme Court for the next few years.

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By rend, January 26, 2011 at 11:26 pm Link to this comment
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No, but seriously is anything going to happen? The article doesn’t touch on that, what are
the ramifications? It’s kind of astounding.

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By James, January 26, 2011 at 11:18 pm Link to this comment
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I think that a man who cannot fill out his disclosure report lacks the prerequisite
abilities that the lowest level should have let alone a SCOTUS justice. If he did it
on purpose he is a moron and if he didnt do it on purpose he is incompetent. Pick

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By rico, suave, January 26, 2011 at 11:14 pm Link to this comment


“Treason?”  That’s helpful.

Maybe Thomas is spending too much time with Charlie Rangel.

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By RenZo, January 26, 2011 at 11:06 pm Link to this comment

No…  He shouls be prosecuted for income tax evasion or lying or conspiracy to evade, lie, defraud, cheat, steal, and commit treason.
No Prosecuting Attorney (except those appointed by Bush, and still in office) would accept such a weak excuse for repeatedly declining to pay his appropriate share.
He didn’t “understand the form” from a US Supremer is totally totally unacceptable, unbelievable and criminal. That nothing will be done about it shows how far we have “progressed” down the road to fair equitable even handed justice for all (i.e. not very far). Many many others have gone to prison for far less.

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By Rodney, January 26, 2011 at 10:44 pm Link to this comment
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What he has done constitute grounds for impeachment. The Democrats do not have the balls to do it though. He should not be allowed to render any decision until this matter id fully investigated and prosecuted

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By Marc Schlee, January 26, 2011 at 9:04 pm Link to this comment
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Clarence Thomas should be booted off the Supreme Court and disbarred.



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