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  •  While Scalia and Thomas' behavior (7+ / 0-)

    has been repugnant, I fail to how this would really change anything.  Scalia and Thomas have always been right-wing ideologues.  While this may improve appearances, what does it really change?

    It goes back to the point of Thomas' failed disclosure that his wife was earning income.  Even if he had disclosed this (putting aside the fact that it was well known), even if his wife hadn't had that job, do we really think he would have ruled differently on even a single case?

    One should no more deplore homosexuality than left-handedness. ~Towards a Quaker View of Sex, 1964 (Proud left-handed queer here!)

    by AUBoy2007 on Mon Mar 14, 2011 at 03:37:45 PM PDT

    •  oh, absolutely agreed. (10+ / 0-)

      They're wrong because they want to be wrong, not because they're receiving surreptitious money to be wrong.

      But avoiding political events would be nice.  Even if it means no Justice Ginsburg at Netroots Nation.

      •  Thomas broke the law and said "I forgot" and/or (1+ / 0-)
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        "I misunderstood."  If he's telling the truth, then he doesn't have the gray matter required for the SCOTUS.  If he's not telling the truth (what an odd idea given his confirmation hearings), then he should be impeached.

        Sen. Roman Hruska would be proud of J Thomas.

        Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

        by RFK Lives on Mon Mar 14, 2011 at 05:08:29 PM PDT

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        •  He did not break the law. (2+ / 0-)
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          Submission of the form is optional for justices.

          And that's for exactly the same reason that the Code of Ethics is optional for them.

          Congress lacks the power, except by Amendment, to impose additional qualifications on Supreme Court justices.

          --Shannon

          "It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees." -- Emiliano Zapata Salazar
          "Dissent is patriotic. Blind obedience is treason." --me

          by Leftie Gunner on Mon Mar 14, 2011 at 07:41:04 PM PDT

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    •  Ruled differently? No (3+ / 0-)
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      but if there was more pressure to recuse oneself where a demonstrable self-interest existed, couldn't some ethically questionnable rulings could be avoided?

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Mon Mar 14, 2011 at 03:43:03 PM PDT

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      •  I think you presume too much. (3+ / 0-)
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        AUBoy2007, 3goldens, Palafox

        The fact is, they don't really care if they appear to have a conflict of interest.  They've shown that.  

        They're morality is typical of Conservatives.  Abortion is bad, gays are bad.  Business is good.  

        •  Personalities vary (1+ / 0-)
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          even with a shared ideology.  Thomas has a "damn the torpedos" attitude, but Roberts and Alito I suspect are somewhat protective of their (rampantly pro-business)  legacies.

          "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

          by lgmcp on Mon Mar 14, 2011 at 03:59:14 PM PDT

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