Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Latest on Justice Thomas

This is beginning to sound like a daily occurrence: in his financial disclosures, Justice Thomas reports that the Federalist Society reimbursed him for “transportation, meals and accommodations” for four days at a weekend retreat.  This is for an event organized by Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers "who are waging a war against Obama."  Last month, however, a spokesman for the Court offers that the Justice had only made a "brief drop-by" at the event, which included a speech.  The advocacy group Common Cause sent a letter to the Court this week asking for "further clarification."

You can take this latest episode one of two ways: either liberal groups are on a witch hunt (a high-tech lynching, perhaps?) against Justice Thomas; or else Justice Thomas is more tone-deaf and irresponsible than a justice deserves to be.  Judicial independence will do that to a guy. 

Biased as I may be, I am inclined to view as cluelessness on the justice's part, perhaps hubris.  He is a supreme court justice.  We are not.  And if he wants to give a speech and then sit in any case he wishes to sit on, that is not your problem.

Here's the real question: how much will be enough?

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