The U.S. Supreme Court was designed to be a neutral body that considers cases and questions of law without bias or prejudice. That justices are supposed to heed the law, unswayed by politics or ideology is a central tenent of our democracy.
Justice Clarence Thomas has a history of relationships and actions that create the appearance of serious impropriety, and his behavior must not be treated lightly.
Recent reports raise serious concerns about whether Justice Thomas has flouted ethics rules and financial disclosure standards by accepting gifts and favors from wealthy friends who have stakes in the cases he decides. But until recently, his actions have gone unchecked.
Earlier this month, Representative Chris Murphy (D-CT) stood up and began pressing the Judiciary Committee to hold hearings on Supreme Court ethics violations. He urged them to consider passing the Supreme Court Transparency and Disclosure Act, and is requesting his colleagues in the House of Representatives join his campaign.
People For the American Way supports Representative Murphy's efforts and hope you will join the fight for a fairer judiciary.
Take action today and call on the House Judiciary Committee to investigate Justice Thomas' behavior and to take steps to ensure the ethical conduct of all present and future Supreme Court justices.
- House Judiciary Committee
Gary Peters 2
Recent reports about Justice Clarence Thomas raise serious concerns about whether he has flouted ethics and financial disclosure standards in accepting gifts and favors from wealthy friends who have a stake in the cases he decides. Justice Thomas's willingness to convey the appearance of impropriety and his apparent disregard for even minimal commonsense ethical standards are incredibly dangerous to the Supreme Court and to Americans' trust in that institution.
This is just the latest example of questions which have been raised about certain relationships and conduct of Supreme Court Justices, and it illustrates the need for transparency and for steps to restore people's trust in the Supreme Court. Please investigate and hold much-needed hearings on HR 862, the Supreme Court Transparency and Disclosure Act.
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