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  •  There's some precedent for how this could become (1+ / 0-)
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    a serious problem for Thomas. Most notable, Abe Fortas. First, LBJ had to withdraw his nomination for Chief Justice due to fees he was receiving for giving lectures at American University Law School. These were payed by business interests, and Strom Thurmond of all people argued that those could bias Fortas. And then it was discovered that he had a contract with a guy who was under investigation - at that point, he resigned from the SCOTUS.

    In addition, there's a bunch of U.S. District Judges who have been impeached by the House over the years. But I don't know whether the House can impeach a SCOTUS justice, and even if they can, the current House is obviously highly unlikely to impeach Thomas.

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    by brainwave on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 09:01:19 PM PST

    •  bingo! time to open a bag of ImpeachMints. (1+ / 0-)
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      If disclosure of family income sources is required by law, and he failed to disclose, he committed a federal offense that is probably actionable via impeachment.  

      However, that will require action from the House, which is as likely as me flying on the Space Shuttle.  

      So then, can the DOJ initiate proceedings?  

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