Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife is getting him into trouble again.
Last October, Virginia Thomas left a bizarre voice mail message for Anita Hill, demanding that she apologize for the sexual harassment accusations Hill brought against her husband … 19 years earlier. A month later, Mrs. Thomas drew negative attention for her post as head of Liberty Central, a Tea Party organization opposed to the “tyranny” of President Obama. Amid questions about whether the post was appropriate for the wife of a sitting Supreme Court justice, she resigned.
In her defense, though, the latest Virginia Thomas-related incident isn’t exactly her fault.
On Thursday, several Democratic politicians called for a federal investigation into Clarence Thomas’ failure to report his wife’s income, for years, on financial-disclosure forms. Although Virginia Thomas earned nearly $700,000 from the Heritage Foundation between 2003 and 2007 alone, the Supreme Court justice checked a box labeled “none” under “spousal noninvestment income” on his annual financial-disclosure forms. In fact, he has routinely checked the wrong box for the 20 years he’s served on the Supreme Court.
Twenty House Democrats, led by Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), sent a letter to the Judicial Conference of the United States asking for an investigation. In a statement attached to the letter, Slaughter wrote:
Source: The Root | Cynthia Gordy is The Root’s Washington reporter.