On Thursday, 20 House Democrats, led by Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY), called for an ethics investigation of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for allegedly failing to report that his wife was paid $700,000 for her work at the Heritage Foundation between 2003 and 2007.
The Democrats issued a letter requesting that the Judicial Conference determine whether the matter should be referred to the Justice Department to decide whether Thomas violated the Ethics in Government Act of 1978. The Act mandates that all federal justices disclose spouse’s or dependent’s place of employment and financial holdings.
The Representatives said in their letter, “it is vital that the Judicial Conference actively pursue any suspicious actions by Supreme Court Justices…Justice Tomas’s failure to disclose his wife’s income for his entire tenure on the federal bench and indications that he may have failed to file additional disclosures regarding his travels require the Judicial Conference to refer this matter to the Department of Justice.”
NY Daily News 9/29/11; Roll Call 9/29/11