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Justice Thomas Under Fire by House Dems, Who Say He Didn’t Report $700K Think Tank Paid His Wife

Posted Sep 30, 2011 8:50 AM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court is under fire from Democrats in the House of Representatives.

A group of 20 led by Rep. Louise Slaughter of New York are calling for an investigation of what they describe as a failure by Thomas to report $700,000 in income his wife received from a conservative think tank between 2003 and 2007, according to the New York Daily News and Roll Call.

Virginia Thomas allegedly was paid this amount by the Heritage Foundation.

In a letter, the group asked the Judicial Conference of the United States to decide whether the Department of Justice should be asked to determine if Thomas failed to comply with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.

A spokesman for Thomas said any failure to disclose on his part was "inadvertent."

Related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Clarence Thomas’ Wife Has a New Job as a Special Correspondent"

ABAJournal.com: "Justice Thomas’ Friendship with Conservative Benefactor Raises Ethics Issues"

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