While We Wait for Election Returns, Look at NY Times's Front-Page Story About Harlan Crow

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I'm killing time at this point ... and this bottle of Old Fitzgerald. And while we wait for the county to update its election totals, I'm reading tomorrow's New York Times, which is full of local-interest stories -- more than our own daily, probably. Like this nice piece about Dallas Mavericks' founder and owner Don Carter, who trips down Amnesia Lane while recalling Dick Motta and Roy Tarpley ("Next to one hand he had $25 million and near the other he had a six-pack of beer. He chose the six-pack, figuring the money would still be there"). Or this one "by" Nancy Brinker.

Ah, but neither of those is likely to get the attention that this story will receive: an A1'er about the love affair between Unfair Park's across-the-street neighbor Harlan Crow and United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, for whom Crow's done myriad fiscal favors, the most recent involving a museum in Georgia. It's a lengthy read, but right now I've got nothing but time.

(Oh, wait ... new results were just posted: Rawlings 22,027; Kunkle 16,707. And: Sandy Greyson 2,659; Donna Starnes 2,209.)

Anyway. Like I was saying before we were so rudely interrupted: It's a long story about the justice and Tom Leppert's one-time nemesis, speaking of mayoral races (which Crow stayed out of). But here's an excerpt:
The two men met in the mid-1990s, a few years after Justice Thomas joined the court. Since then, Mr. Crow has done many favors for the justice and his wife, Virginia, helping finance a Savannah library project dedicated to Justice Thomas, presenting him with a Bible that belonged to Frederick Douglass and reportedly providing $500,000 for Ms. Thomas to start a Tea Party-related group. They have also spent time together at gatherings of prominent Republicans and businesspeople at Mr. Crow's Adirondacks estate and his camp in East Texas.

In several instances, news reports of Mr. Crow's largess provoked controversy and questions, adding fuel to a rising debate about Supreme Court ethics. But Mr. Crow's financing of the museum, his largest such act of generosity, previously unreported, raises the sharpest questions yet -- both about Justice Thomas's extrajudicial activities and about the extent to which the justices should remain exempt from the code of conduct for federal judges.
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Mac Gardner
Mac Gardner

Clarence Thomas should not only be impeached but should be in prison. Justices Thomas and Scalia were weekend guest of the Koch brothers at their California mansion just prior to the "Citizens United" (all two citizens, both named Koch) case being heard in the Supreme Court. The weekend agenda included strategy sessions about how best to argue the Citizens United case before the court. Supposedly, Thomas and Scalia were not in the room when those sessions were being held. I don't know about that, since I wasn't invited, and I'm not aware of any media that were invited either. If this didn't constitute PARTICIPATION IN WILLFULL CONFLICT OF INTEREST then what type of conduct would reach that threshold? In addition, Thomas committted willfull perjury 4 years in a row when he signed a federal conflict of interest form regarding disclosure of spousal income. Thomas checked a large box in the middle of the form "My spouse has NO INCOME OUTSIDE THE HOME" , when in fact, his wife was being paid nealy $200,000 per year as a lobbyist for groups tied to the Koch brothers. I don't care if she worked for $6 bucks an hour part time as a Wal Mart greeter, Thomas LIED when he checked the box, then signed the form at the bottom next to a WARNING IN BOLD PRINT THAT failing to disclose spousal income CONSTITUTES FELONY PERJURY, PUNISHABLE BY  FINES AND IMPRISONMENT. But, I forgot, Thomas IS THE LAW, so he doesn't count. Thomas said it was "an unfortunate oversight." How can you FORGET that your wife is making $200,000 per year, 4 YEARS IN A ROW? Where is the Liberal media, or any Media? Scalia and Thomas were the tying and winning votes for the Citiazens United case, which completely changed the outcome of last years' elections, allowing $4 billion in undisclosed corporate and foreign "contriutions" to be given to republicans. Foreign contributions are ILLEGAL, but we can't track them anymore, because the Citizens United case allows the Chinese government, for example, to "donate" and the money is untraceable. 

Montemalone
Montemalone

Interesting, but what I'd really like to read is a story about a non-corrupt repub.I'm prepared to wait a long time.

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Should get that story some time before the one about the non-corrupt dem.

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