Supreme Court Justices Must Not Be Exempt From Ethical Standards
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Supreme Court Justices Must Not Be Exempt From Ethical Standards

    1. Charles Hancock Be Helpful Not Hurtful
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      Charles Hancock Be Helpful Not Hurtful

      Portland, OR

Below I copied & pasted the text to the Petition for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to Resign due to Several Breaches of Ethics.  The Supreme Court Justices are Exempt from Ethical Standards but a Federal Judge would receive disciplinary action for the same offenses! 

Clarence Thomas' Resignation is a given but it does not solve the problem.  Supreme Court Justices must have Ethical Standards that either are the same as Federal Judges or even more strict but NEVER less. 

We must also look into every Past & Present Supreme Court Justices income/gifts of their Spouses as well.  Maybe Elizabeth Warren, Wiki Leaks & NPR  could help with the investigation.

https://www.change.org/petitions/more-questionable-ethics-justice-clarence-thomas-needs-to-resign

"A New York Times expose published Sunday details the improper ties between Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and influential rightwing funder and activist Harlan Crow.

Crow is a major contributor to conservative causes and a stalwart supporter of Clarence Thomas. In past years he reportedly gave Thomas' wife, Ginni Thomas, $500,000 to exploit the Citizens United decision and start a shadowy, Tea Party-related group called Liberty Central. He gave Thomas a bible (estimated value $15,000) that once belonged to Frederick Douglass, and allegedly provided the Supreme Court Justice with access to his yacht and private jet.

As if that wasn't enough, the New York Times has revealed that Thomas may have improperly solicited a multi-million dollar donation from Crow to benefit one of his own pet projects near his birth place in a remote coastal community outside Savanna, Georgia.

Enough is enough. It's time for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to resign.

Shockingly, the Supreme Court is not legally bound by the code of conduct for federal judges, though Justices Breyer and Anthony M. Kennedy have testified to Congress that members of the Supreme Court voluntarily follow the code which explicitly prohibits justices from directly soliciting charitable donations. If Thomas can't legally be removed from office because adherence to ethics rules for the Supreme Court are voluntary, then we must simply demand his resignation.

Crow is far from a disinterested philanthropist. He has donated nearly $5 million to Republican campaigns and rightwing groups, including a six digit donation to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth which so effectively attacked Sen. John Kerry during the 2004 presidential election. He's on the board of the ultra conservative American Enterprise Institute which brought a case to the Supreme Court challenging federal voting rights laws, a case that found only one sympathetic vote on the court -- that of Clarence Thomas.

Recusal is not enough. It's time for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to resign.

Crow is not the sole source of questionable ethical behavior on the part of Clarence Thomas. His highly questionable relationship to an ethically challenged Supreme Court justice is simply the latest to be exposed.

Clarence Thomas participated in a secret political fundraising event put on by the Koch brothers to fund Tea Party infrastructure groups.

And for years, Thomas disregarded rules requiring him to report his wife's income on financial disclosure forms. His household received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the conservative Heritage Foundation during a period when he was voting on landmark cases in which the rightwing think tank had a clear ideological stake

This type of behavior wouldn't be tolerated for any other federal court judge. Common Cause Attorney Arn Pearson says in the Times, "The code of conduct is quite clear that judges are not supposed to be soliciting money for their pet projects or charities, period. If any other federal judge was doing it, he could face disciplinary action."

Even absent a legally binding code of conduct for Supreme Court Justices, a Justice resigning for ethics violations is not without precedent. Justice Abe Fortas resigned in disgrace in 1969 after it was revealed that he had received gifts from interested benefactors similar to those received by Clarence Thomas.4

Fortas, prior to resigning, actually recused himself from voting in cases related to his benefactor. Thomas, however, has refused to recuse himself from cases before the court in which organizations related to Harlan Crow continue to file briefs.

Enough is enough. It's time for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to resign.

Clarence Thomas' behavior has long been beyond the pale. In response to these latest revelations by the New York Times it's long since time to demand Clarence Thomas' resignation."

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    • sonja hoover COLUMBIA, MO
      • 6 months ago

      This is important because of the total assault on our rights by people with a personal, political, and financial agenda. Outside washington it's called bribery

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    • ZILKA DAMIEN AIX-EN-PROVENCE, FRANCE
      • about 1 year ago

      ok

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    • Beth Ramey MILTON, FL
      • almost 2 years ago

      Thomas' ties to the Koch Bros. should be throughly investigated

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    • Meta Kane MILLBROOK, NY
      • almost 2 years ago
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    • Ellen Moody ALEXANDRIA, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      Supreme court justices are powerful people. Unelected, he and 4 others people can overturn over a century of legislation (as in the case of corporate campaign limitations) and a medical health care bill signed by a majority of elected representatives of US people.

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