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Clarence Thomas speech draws new criticism
Politico ^ | February 28, 2011 | Kenneth P. Vogel

Posted on 02/28/2011 7:45:44 PM PST by jazusamo

Liberals renewed their criticism of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Monday in response to a speech Thomas gave over the weekend in which he said he and his tea party activist wife Virginia “believe in the same things” and dismissed their critics as “bent on undermining” the court.

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) said it was Thomas’s speech that “undermines confidence in our highest court.”

Bob Edgar, a former Democratic congressman and president of the left-leaning watchdog group Common Cause, said the speech did little to assuage concerns his group has raised about Thomas’s impartiality and said that his group’s “asking for more accountability and transparency from the nation’s highest court doesn’t undermine it.”

The group has also raised questions about another conservative justice, Antonin Scalia.

Thomas made the speech Saturday night in Charlottesville, Va., at a banquet sponsored by the Federalist Society, a conservative legal group that paid to fly Scalia and Thomas in January of 2007 and 2008, respectively, to California, where they attended events connected to major conservative donor conferences organized by the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers, David and Charles.

“It’s past time for Justices Thomas and Scalia to provide all the details of their participation – apparently on the Federalist Society’s dime – at Koch-sponsored political strategy and fundraising meetings,” Edgar said in a statement. “Nothing less than the court’s reputation as an impartial tribunal is on the line.”

Common Cause suggested in a January letter to the Justice Department that Thomas’s connection to the Koch event, as well as his wife’s leadership of a tea party group, may have been grounds for him to recuse himself from the Supreme Court’s ruling last year in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, the court’s decision striking down decades-old restrictions on political spending.

Common Cause on Monday demanded more information from Scalia, Thomas and the Federalist Society about how much the justices participated in the Koch conferences, which are designed to raise money for political activities. The Federalist Society, which declined to comment on the letter, has said that it flew Thomas and Scalia to California primarily to participate in its own events, which coincided with the Koch events.

“We knew the justices were going to be out there,” and the attendees would be interested in hearing what they had to say, Eugene Meyer, the society’s executive director, told the Washington Post last week.

On Tuesday, Weiner plans to join Rep. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Common Cause and the liberal group Alliance for Justice at a Capitol Hill press conference to unveil a bill that would extend a judicial code of conduct to the Supreme Court and require the justices to explain why they did – or did not – recuse themselves from cases.

Unlike lower federal courts, where justices are subject to strict rules setting recusal guidelines, the Supreme Court is mostly self-regulating. Justices decide whether or not their personal affiliations warrant them stepping aside – or recusing themselves – from deliberations on a case.

Weiner said there’s always been a presumption “that the Supreme Court is sensitive to the appearance of its own biases, and that appearance seems to be no deterrent nowadays. It seems like it’s gotten worse and worse through time where people like Scalia and Thomas seem to be thumbing their nose at the appearance because they know that they’re beyond the reach of any authority.”

Weiner had collected the signatures of 90 House Democrats on a letter urging Thomas to recuse himself from any case involving last year’s healthcare overhaul because of his wife’s past leadership of a tea party group called Liberty Central that campaigned against the overhaul and her current position as head of a lobbying firm called Liberty Consulting.

There’s no evidence that Liberty Consulting has worked on healthcare related issues. Neither Virginia Thomas nor the firm has registered to lobby Congress, and Liberty Consulting took down its website after POLITICO revealed the creation of the firm and its appeals for meetings with freshmen Republican lawmakers.

But Weiner said the speech “only confirms the need for Justice Thomas to recuse himself. By declaring his support and shared views of his spouse, he adds to the perception that his mind is made up.” And he said if the court overturns the overhaul and Thomas does not recuse himself from the decision, “I will be making that point that this is not a credible decision.”

In the speech, Justice Thomas referred to the criticism leveled of him and his wife after she started Liberty Central in late 2009.

“I watched my bride … when she started her organization to give 24/7 every day in defense of liberty,” he said, later adding “there is a price to pay today for standing in defense of your Constitution.

Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund suggested Monday that liberal criticism of Thomas may be motivated by something other than concerns about judicial integrity.

“It’s impossible to figure out all of the motivations behind the attacks on Justice Thomas,” Fund wrote, “but it’s a safe bet that several liberal groups have decided that the constitutionality of ObamaCare is under serious assault. They want to lay down some markers for declaring that any adverse decision by the Supreme Court is morally — and legally — illegitimate.”



TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: anthonyweiner; bobedgar; clarencethomas; commoncause; democratsareracists; newyork; scalia; scotus; thomas; waronthomas; weiner
LOL! The Rats are trying to make a case of recusal for Justice Thomas and Scalia but both Weiner and Edgar are nothing but ankle biters.
1 posted on 02/28/2011 7:45:48 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Thanks jazusamo.
...in response to a speech Thomas gave over the weekend in which he said he and his tea party activist wife Virginia "believe in the same things" and dismissed their critics as "bent on undermining" the court. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) said it was Thomas's speech that "undermines confidence in our highest court."

2 posted on 02/28/2011 7:51:36 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: jazusamo

I like Thomas the best out of all the judges on that court, especially his write up in Heller. I wish we had 4 more like him!


3 posted on 02/28/2011 7:51:44 PM PST by trapped_in_LA
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To: jazusamo

What a dick and a jerk ! What about applying that code to the liberal justices !


4 posted on 02/28/2011 7:51:49 PM PST by CORedneck
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To: jazusamo

bttt


5 posted on 02/28/2011 7:56:09 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: CORedneck

>> What about applying that code to the liberal justices !

Prop 8, California.


6 posted on 02/28/2011 7:56:45 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: jazusamo

Bob Edgar is a communist scumbag - he was the former commissar for the Marxist front group known as the National Council of Churches. Edgar has supported some of the most bloodiest dictators in the world while putting down freedom loving dissidents in those dictatorships. He has visited Cuba, Iraq, and North Korea, and he did not meet with human rights dissidents there but sat down with tyrants and the fake churches they have. You can tell I don’t like this person! He is also a Protestant minister. My feelings for him...let’s just say it’s a personal thing between a son of parents who fled communist Cuba and a known agent of Castro’s dictatorship - him, Edgar.


7 posted on 02/28/2011 7:57:35 PM PST by Mandingo Conservative (Satan was like the first "community organizer", just ask Eve, the first liberal useful idiot!)
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To: trapped_in_LA

Amen to that! Justice Thomas is one of if not the best.


8 posted on 02/28/2011 7:58:20 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

A lot of this is just so much baloney. However, it still isn’t clear to me how he forgot to disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars she received over several years.


9 posted on 02/28/2011 7:59:29 PM PST by Walts Ice Pick
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To: jazusamo

Love the tagline ... wish we had five more Judge Thomas judges on the SCOTUS, then I could respect it again.


10 posted on 02/28/2011 8:02:23 PM PST by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: Mandingo Conservative

I agree with what you said. Edgar is a scum.


11 posted on 02/28/2011 8:02:27 PM PST by fkabuckeyesrule
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To: jazusamo

The accurately named Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.)


12 posted on 02/28/2011 8:03:53 PM PST by jospehm20
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To: jazusamo
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) said it was Thomas’s speech that “undermines confidence in our highest court.”

Like Congressman Weiner is some paragon of mental stability. This guy practically foams at the mouth when he doesn't get his way.

13 posted on 02/28/2011 8:04:14 PM PST by Tallguy (Received a fine from the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit.)
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To: jospehm20
"The accurately named Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.)"

I just call him Anthony "lacksa" Weiner.

14 posted on 02/28/2011 8:06:36 PM PST by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: Tallguy
This guy practically foams at the mouth when he doesn't get his way.

You couldn't be any more correct, the guy is a pathetic joke.

I really don't understand how people like him think they have any credibility at all, of course they're leftists so that explains it.

15 posted on 02/28/2011 8:11:18 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) is a racist pig. Someday those people in his district are going to find out his Uncle was in the Gestapo ~ which, BTW, if we say that enough on our threads will trigger Google.com to take it to the top of the list every time somebody looks up "Gestapo".

Bet Tony would love that eh!

16 posted on 02/28/2011 8:14:32 PM PST by muawiyah (Make America Safe For Americans)
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To: jazusamo
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) said it was Thomas’s speech that “undermines confidence in our highest court.”

I don't believe in modifying the Constitution for light and transient causes, but I could support an Amendment that prohibits any "weiner" from holding any position in government.

17 posted on 02/28/2011 8:17:14 PM PST by Onelifetogive (I tweet, too...)
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To: jazusamo

Yet Weiner is all for the judicial lightweights The Wise Latina and The Ugless Kagan


18 posted on 02/28/2011 8:19:55 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat ("Ball of Confusion: That's what the world is today . . Hey Hey")
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To: jazusamo

anthony whiner

19 posted on 02/28/2011 8:20:34 PM PST by Foolsgold (L I B Lacking in Brains)
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To: muawiyah

That’s interesting, I had no idea Rep. Anthony Weiner’s uncle was in the Gestapo, he probably doesn’t want that to get around.


20 posted on 02/28/2011 8:23:39 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: trapped_in_LA

He IS the best. FAR SUPERIOR to Scalia. Anyone who doubts it, go read their respective opinions in Raich.


21 posted on 02/28/2011 8:30:07 PM PST by Huck (Only 1,967 years until the Reign of Dr. Zaius!)
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To: trapped_in_LA

I agree. I read where he was a firm believer in Natural Law Theory as were the Founders and that Just Law has to conform to the laws of nature and God’s laws. It is the intent of the Founders.

That is why I like him better than Scalia. Scalia thinks that states can have abortion....something which defies natural law. He believes if you have a majority of people in a state voting for something—that it can become law—even if it goes against the natural rights of children. Our legal system claims inalienable rights which can NEVER be taken away from ANY individual according to our Constitution—even a majority vote. That means life is always sacred when innocent—that means no right to redefine marriage from its definition in Black’s Legal dictionary, etc.

Homosexual marriage can never be allowed since our Constitution is based on Natural Law Theory and God’s laws. It is forcing unnatural acts through the force of law.....even Cicero said Just Law can never go against Natural Law==that all other law was political and only about unequal power of law used to force those to adopt the unnatural which always takes force.


22 posted on 02/28/2011 8:30:42 PM PST by savagesusie
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To: jazusamo

Thomas’s speech that “undermines confidence in our highest court.”

So the Kelo Decision (supported by the GWB admin incidentally) did not undermine we citizen's confidence in the highest court's commitment to private property?

The LAWS are no more moral or ethical or reasonable than the society and agents who adjudicate them.

23 posted on 02/28/2011 8:35:12 PM PST by jnsun (The Left: the need to manipulate others because of nothing productive to offer.)
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To: jazusamo

Haven’t the Court libbies ever slobbered their praise over ACLU and similar organizations? This can’t be just a Thomas thing.


24 posted on 02/28/2011 8:40:51 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: jazusamo

The Liberals are the biggest bores ever. They are always doing something stupid.


25 posted on 02/28/2011 8:45:36 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: SunkenCiv

Justice Thomas: Reasonable, pro-American comment.

Weinermobile: Rabid, insane nonsense.


26 posted on 03/01/2011 5:11:27 AM PST by TheOldLady
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To: jazusamo

“Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) said it was Thomas’s speech that “undermines confidence in our highest court.” “

No, it’s flake-offs like Sotomeyer that undermine my confidence in the court. She’s not a justice but an injustice.


27 posted on 03/01/2011 6:41:35 AM PST by RoadTest (Organized religion is no substitute for the relationship the living God wants with you.)
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