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Conflict of Interest

               Uncle Thomas Strikes Again

As revealed by Al Sharpton last night, Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Anthony Scalia once again showed their dedication to bipartisanship by attending a fundraiser  held by the Federalist Society. The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a conservative legal group whose focus is to redefine law by reinterpreting the Constitution.

Why is this relevant?  Because the Supreme Court had just announced that it would hear a case concerning the constitutionality of Obamacare.  Guess who was sitting between the two judges? … Paul Clement.  Clement is the lead attorney arguing the case against Obamacare that the Supreme Court will be hearing!

Also, Uncle Thomas’ wife Virginia is a vocal lobbyist for conservative and tea party groups.  Earlier, the Supreme Court decided  (Citizens United vs. FEC ) that corporations are people, therefore allowing them to contribute unlimited funds to political campaigns in anonymity .  Virginia was a prominent voice in the lobby for this outcome.

To me, this looks like a clear conflict of interest. Should the judges not have to recuse themselves from the case for merely the appearance of a conflict of interest? Do conflict of interest rules apply to everyone but the Supreme Court?  After watching the story, I had only one question:  What had I done to Al Sharpton, and why is he yelling at me?

– L. Morales
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