Tell Clarence Thomas: Recuse yourself!
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Tell Clarence Thomas: Recuse yourself!

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The Supreme Court recently decided to hear a case challenging the constitutionality of the new health care reform bill passed by Congress last year, and Justice Clarence Thomas has a supreme ethical conflict.

Amidst accusations of ethics violations, just two weeks ago on the day that the Court decided to hear the challenge of the new health care law, Thomas and Justice Antonin Scalia were honored at a benefit put on by the same firm that is leading the challenge and the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer.

Tell Justice Clarence Thomas: Recuse yourself from deliberations on the constitutionality of health care reform.

Justice Thomas is no stranger to questions of ethics.

His wife has advertised herself as a lobbyist who has "experience and connections" to conservative groups who have an explicit agenda to overturn health care reform -- by repeal in the Congress or overturning the law in the courts.

And even with public scrutiny surrounding his wife's connections to anti-health care reform groups, Thomas has been less than secretive with his own ties to those organizations. The day that the Court decided to hear the challenge of the new health care law, Thomas and Justice Antonin Scalia were honored at a benefit put on by the same firm that is leading the challenge.

Tell Justice Clarence Thomas: Recuse yourself from deliberations on the constitutionality of health care reform.

Along with Justice Scalia, Clarence Thomas attended meetings organized by the secretive, Tea Party-funding billionaire Koch brothers. The Koch brothers have been key players in rewriting the political landscape after the Citizens United Supreme Court decision unleashed the floodgates of corporate money in federal politics.3 And Thomas' wife has received an undisclosed salary paid for by undisclosed donors as CEO of Liberty Central, a 501(c)(4) organization that was formed to take advantage of Citizens United rules and to play an active role in the 2010 elections.

There is a clear appearance of a conflict of interest between his wife's clear financial stake in overturning the health care law and Justice Thomas' personal duty to exhibit the highest degree of discretion and impartiality. To protect the public trust in the highest court in the land, Thomas must recuse himself from deliberations on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Tell Justice Clarence Thomas: Recuse yourself from deliberations on the constitutionality of health care reform.

To:
Clarence Thomas
I demand that you recuse yourself from deliberations on the constitutionality of health care reform. Among other conflicts, you have been honored by the law firm challenging the law and your wife has a clear financial stake in the overturning of the health care law.

To protect public trust in the Supreme Court, you must recuse yourself from this case.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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