Appleton, Wis. — On the eve of Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, Outagamie County Executive and U.S. Senate nominee Tom Nelson called for the removal of the States Supreme Court Justice United, Clarence Thomas, and pledged to vote to impeach him if elected. .
A recent New York Times investigation showed the direct ties Ginni Thomas, the judge’s wife, had to the plotters of the Jan. 6 Capitol attack and uprising. Judge Thomas later declined to recuse himself in a case that directly involved the select committee investigating the attack.
But this is just the latest egregious example of Justice Thomas corrupting the Supreme Court’s reputation by refusing to recuse himself in other clashes with his wife’s or his own party’s partisan activism, from the Bush v. Gore decision. to the attempts to kill Obamacare to the cases where political associates close to Ginni filed amicus briefs with the Court.
The United States Supreme Court currently operates without a code of ethics and relies solely on the judgment of each judge. And though they frequently hear cases involving the nation’s largest corporations, judges aren’t required to report their stock transactions. Just as Nelson called for members of Congress and their families to be barred from stock trading, so should Supreme Court justices. This “honor code” system is clearly flawed and needs to be reformed.
“As the United States Senate accepts a critical and historic nomination to the Supreme Court, it is clear that there must be systemic reforms to restore confidence in our nation’s highest court. We need a code of ethics for the Supreme Court, a ban on stock trading for judges, and Justice Clarence Thomas should be removed for his repeated ethics abuses.
“It defies any sense of fairness or propriety that he would continue to adjudicate matters relating to the January 6 attack on the Capitol, in which his wife was intimately involved; just as he shouldn’t have ruled the Affordable Care Act while his wife was leading the effort to kill her.
“Removing Clarence Thomas is a matter for American justice itself. He is a threat to democracy and should be fired immediately.