Cross Posted at Legal Schnauzer
We recently reported on a watchdog group's call for the disbarment of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Now it looks like Congressional Democrats are picking up the cause.
Protect Our Elections (POE) has filed a bar complaint against Thomas in Missouri, based on reporting from Common Cause that the justice failed to report spousal non-investment income on financial-disclosure forms. POE is about to pick up an ally in the battle, according to a report at Huffington Post. Writes Andrew Reinbach:
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) and a group of Congressional Democrats are said to be drafting demands that Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas be disbarred in Missouri for perjury, and investigated by the Department of Justice for bribery, according to House Judiciary Committee aides.
The perjury allegations stem from Justice Thomas' years-long failure to disclose his wife's non-investment income as required by law--something he's now all but admitted. The accusations of bribery are connected to a $100,000 ad campaign, made during Thomas' 1991 confirmation hearings by the conservative Citizens United group, the allegation being that Justice Thomas repaid Citizens United for helping him get confirmed by ruling in their favor in the 2010 Citizens United v. FEC case.
Thomas' legal headaches seem to be picking up steam. Reports Reinbach:
These Congressional actions, which would likely be released before Congress goes into recess next week, bring to three the number of serious--and official--accusations being leveled against Justice Thomas.