So Antonin Scalia is skippin the SOTU, but isn’t too busy to attend a lecture series with teahadist Michelle Bachmann:
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told The Hill on Monday evening that he does not plan on attending the State of the Union address on Tuesday.
The conservative-leaning jurist said that he hasn’t “gone to the State of the Union in at least 10 years, and I’m not starting tomorrow night either.”
All eyes are focused on whether members of the Supreme Court intend to sit front and center at the State of the Union spectacle on Tuesday night after the president used last year’s speech to criticize one of their decisions. The criticism prompted Justice Samuel Alito to mouth the words “not true.”
Scalia wouldn’t say whether his colleagues on the high court planned to attend Tuesday night’s address.
Scalia spoke to The Hill briefly following an hour-long closed-door meeting with 30 to 40 House lawmakers on the Constitution’s separation of powers. The event was organized by Tea Party Caucus founder Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.)
Meanwhile, Clarence Thomas is busy amending
tax returns financial disclosure forms for TWO DECADES that conveniently left off his wife’s overt political activism and his clear conflicts of interest:
Under pressure from liberal critics, Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court acknowledged in filings released on Monday that he erred by not disclosing his wife’s past employment as required by federal law.
Justice Thomas said that in his annual financial disclosure statements over the last six years, the employment of his wife, Virginia Thomas, was “inadvertently omitted due to a misunderstanding of the filing instructions.”
To rectify that situation, Justice Thomas filed seven pages of amended disclosures listing Mrs. Thomas’s employment in that time with the Heritage Foundation, a conservative policy group, and Hillsdale College in Michigan, for which she ran a constitutional law center in Washington.
The justice came under criticism last week from Common Cause, a liberal advocacy group, for failing to disclose Mrs. Thomas’s employment as required under the 1978 Ethics in Government Act. While justices are not required to say how much a spouse earns, Common Cause said its review of Internal Revenue Service filings showed that the Heritage Foundation paid Mrs. Thomas $686,589 from 2003 to 2007.
The group also asserted that Justice Thomas should have withdrawn from deciding last year’s landmark Citizens United case on campaign finance because of both Mrs. Thomas’s founding of another conservative political group in 2009 and Justice Thomas’s own appearance at a private political retreat organized by Charles Koch, a prominent conservative financier.
This is, of course, all on the heels of Alito’s well-publicized behavior in a previous SOTU address.
As is always the case, when the Republicans scream about something, you can be damned sure they are engaging in it. When they scream about judicial activism, you can be assured that they are the worst offenders.