For Immediate Release Justice Thomas explanation implausible, questions remain on Liberty Central

Posted on January 24, 2011

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas today released corrected financial disclosure forms after Common Cause on Friday revealed that he had repeatedly failed to disclose his wife's income on his annual financial disclosure forms.

In a document stamped "self-initiated amendment," Thomas wrote that the omissions were made as a result of a "misunderstanding of the filing instructions," an excuse Common Cause finds difficult to believe.

On the form, Thomas had checked a box that stated "none" for spousal income.

"Justice Thomas sits on the highest court of the land, is called upon daily to understand and interpret the most complicated legal issues of our day and makes decisions that affect millions," said Common Cause President Bob Edgar. "It is hard to see how he could have misunderstood the simple directions of a federal disclosure form. We find his excuse is implausible."

We also continue to be puzzled by omission of Liberty Central as Virginia Thomas's most recent employer.

Common Cause is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.

Office: Common Cause National

Issues: Ethics

Tags: Judicial Ethics

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