U.S. Supreme Court Justice Fails to Disclose Wife’s Income

According to the L.A. Times, watchdog group Common Cause has discovered that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas did not report over $680,000 in income his wife earned from employment by a conservative think tank, the Heritage Foundation.

The article states that between 2003 and 2007, Virginia Thomas, a longtime conservative activist, earned $686,589 from the Heritage Foundation. “Thomas failed to note the income in his Supreme Court financial disclosure forms for those years, instead checking a box labeled ‘none’ where ‘spousal noninvestment income’ would be disclosed.”

Federal judges are bound by law to disclose the source of spousal income in order to avoid conflicts of interest or even the appearance of such conflicts. By blatantly violating this law, Justice Thomas has put his integrity and judicial fairness into question. He should be held accountable. If justice under law is not equal, there is no justice.