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Clarence Thomas should be INDICTED -- UPDATED

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NOTE:  ANY INDIVIDUAL WHO KNOWINGLY AND WILLFULLY FASIFIES OR FAILS TO FILE THIS REPORT MAY BE SUBJECT TO CIVIL AND CRIMINAL SANCTIONS (5 USC app 104)

While 5 USC app 104 makes this conduct a misdemeanor punishable for up to a year in prison, 18 USC 1001 is, on its face still applicable.  Take a look at the indictment against Don Young's former aide, who is awaiting trial for a violation of 18 USC 1001 for failing to report his World Series Trip if you have doubts.

While there is no doubt an argument to be made that this conduct is just a misdemeanor, take a look at UNITED STATES v. WOODWARD, 469 U.S. 105 (1985) where a person checking the "no" box on a custom form was punished both for the false statement (18 USC 1001) violation and the charge of failing to report the currency itself -- all as a result of checking the "no" box.

Personally I don't like the law, and for that matter neither does Martha Stewart who was convicted for a violation of 18 USC 1001, but it is the law and if a US Supreme Court Justice can't seem to figure it out year after year, perhaps he should suffer the consequences as so many others have.

UPDATE #2 1-27

This story has been picked up by the Guardian now. ProtectOurElections.org has recently issued a press release calling for Justice Thomas to step down and is asking the Department of Justice to prosecute him.  They have a short video on youtube of their press release.

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Thanks to all of you who view this as an important issue, despite the fact that it has been predominantly overlooked by the mainstream media.  This Justice needs to go!

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