Effort to impeach Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

June 3, 2011 | By | 6 Replies More

The effort is being led by Protect our Elections, and is based upon disclosures made by Common Cause. Here’s the charge:

I am writing to ask that you begin impeachment proceedings and urge the U.S. Justice Department to bring criminal charges against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for making false statements on his AO 10 Financial Disclosure forms since 1989 by falsely swearing under criminal penalty that his wife Virginia had no non-investment income.

Here is a letter written by Protect our Elections to U.S. Attorney Eric Holder.

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. This should be interesting. Only one Supreme Court Justice has ever been impeached—Samuel Chase, and that for partisan reasons. Movements to impeach others never got very far. The John Birch Society initiated a movement to impeach Earl Warren. Most interestingly, Gerald Ford put forth a resolution in Congress to impeach Warren Douglas, but it never resolved into formal action.

    Abe Fortas resigned after a threat of impeachment over his acceptance of a $20,000 honorarium to become a consultant to a charitable foundation headed by a former client.

    So if this goes through, it will be historic. My personal opinion is the man never should have been approved, and not even because of that nonsense with Anita Hill. He was not particularly qualified, but even that doesn't bother me so much as the clear "grooming" he underwent in preparation for replacing Thurgood Marshall. When then President Bush announced that he was the "best qualified candidate" it was a joke by any measure. While not illegal, the track he had been placed in, moved from job to job to create a credible appearance of qualification, was well-known and hardly a recommendation.

  2. Erich Vieth says:

    More evidence that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is ethically challenged. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/19/us/politics/19t

  3. Erich Vieth says:

    More evidence that Clarence Thomas is ethically challenged. American Enterprise Institute gives Justice Clarence Thomas a $15,000 gift in 2001. Following his receipt of that extraordinary gift, Clarence Thomas failed to recuse himself in three U.S. Supreme Court cases involving AEI. Check out the video at the following site, for the presentation of the sculpture to Mr. Thomas for his alleged extraordinary "character."

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/06/21/24951

  4. Erich Vieth says:

    “Democratic lawmakers on Thursday called for a federal investigation into Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ failure to report hundreds of thousands of dollars on annual financial disclosure forms.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/29/democratic-lawmakers-call-for-investiation-into-clarence-thomas-finances_n_987934.html

  5. Erich Vieth says:

    Thomas actually did report the sources of his wife’s income until 1997, therefore heightening the inference that the justice had not “misunderstood the reporting instructions,” as he asserted in January when he filed seven pages of addenda correcting his omissions over a six-year period. Citing information obtained by the left-leaning watchdog groups Common Cause and Alliance for Justice, Slaughter wrote that “Justice Thomas accurately filed his financial disclosure forms, including his wife’s employment, for as many as 10 years beginning in 1987 when he was Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/2011/11/18/clarence-thomas-ethics-louise-slaughter-letter_n_1101854.html

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