Justices Thomas and Scalia attend Koch strategy event - Citizens United conflict?

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  1. mcrain macrumors 68000

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    I don't think this procedure will work. That being said, If Justices Scalia and Thomas are willing to so blatantly work with political donors and strategists, then they probably should not be on the nation's highest court. It's one thing to have opinions or to regularly side with one ideology, but to be actively political while on the bench is wrong. Judges have a code of conduct for a reason, and it is precisely to avoid this type of appearance of impropriety.
     
  2. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Scalia and Thomas in no way should be part of this. How insane.
     
  3. Kauai macrumors 6502a

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    What do you expect from the highest court in the lands scum-bag duo?
     
  4. mcrain thread starter macrumors 68000

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    You know, Justice Thomas may have a reputation and Justice Scalia may be just to the right of Satan in his political views, but both are still U.S. Supreme Court Justices and both are very intelligent, very qualified people.

    I don't expect to agree with them, but I expect them to follow the rules of their profession.
     
  5. citizenzen macrumors 65816

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    I'm afraid we'll just have to wait these two out and hope for better judges in the future. If anybody needs evidence of why electing the right person to the office of POTUS, this is it.
     
  6. Ugg macrumors 68000

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    If they're so intelligent and qualified, why are they attending events like this?

    Both are slimeballs and it's a shame that both are still relatively young.
     
  7. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Good point.
     
  8. bradl macrumors 68040

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    Yes, but no. this is where Checks and Balances comes in.

    While SCOTUS justices keep their position for life, that does not exclude them from any impeachment process. Though it looks to be rarely used, Congress can impeach a SCOTUS justice and throw him out. So far, I've only found one case of that process: Justice Sam Chase was impeached on bad conduct, but was acquitted.

    Unfortunately, it follows the same process as Presidential impeachment; House of Representatives bring forth the charges, Senate holds the trial. The questions that remain are that if this conflict is an impeachable offense; if so, with the Reds holding the House, would they vote for it; and how much Koch & company would pay^H^H^Hlobby the House to get them off the hook.

    Either way, this is deplorable work on the part of these two, especially given Scalia's opinion on Citizens.

    BL.
     
  9. mcrain thread starter macrumors 68000

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    There are a lot of people who are very intelligent and very qualified and who also happen to break the rules of their profession. That's at every level from the person who cleans your car/hotel room and steals some change, to the titans of business who steal billions, to politicians who lie about death panels and taxes to lawyers and judges who violate the rules of the profession.

    The USSC is the highest Court, and you would think they would hold themselves to the highest standards voluntarily. If nothing else, the other members of the Court have some internal responsibility for policing the other members, seeing as it is a very private institution.

    (edit) Not impeachable...
     
  10. NickZac macrumors 68000

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    This builds on a bigger issue than just two people. Ideally, you want people in certain federal positions to have a neutral base. It seems when people, even those who may seem neutral, are often very different if their spouses are involved in any sort of group that is extreme to any end.
     
  11. bradl macrumors 68040

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    Which is why, in this case, that spouse should either recuse themselves or take a leave of absence from their position in that group for the duration that their spouse is in that certain federal position. Good example of this is what Shriver did when Arnold became Governor.

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