Group says 2 justices may have conflict of interest in election case
January 20th, 2011
03:36 PM ET
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Group says 2 justices may have conflict of interest in election case

Washington (CNN) - A liberal reform group has asked the Justice Department to investigate allegations of conflict of interest by Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.

Washington-based Common Cause filed a petition Thursday with the Obama administration, urging that a controversial campaign finance reform decision be vacated because, the group says, the justices attended closed-door political gatherings sponsored by two top Republican donors and industrialists.

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  1. Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA

    Washington-based Common Cause filed a petition Thursday with the Obama administration, urging that a controversial campaign finance reform decision be vacated
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    So the progressives think they can have a Supreme Court decision over ruled by the Executive branch? I guess they think this is Venezuela! These fools are a danger to our country.

    January 20, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. gt

    commom cause ... aclu... seirra club.. all those groups that what to protect america,,,,,not.... just there for there agenda....

    January 20, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. Mary Boyle

    I'd like to clarify an error in the story above on behalf of Common Cause: Common Cause is not asking Scalia and Thomas to withdraw from future campaign finance cases. We are asking that the Justice Department investigate whether they should have recused themselves from one case only, Citizens United.
    Mary Boyle, VP Communications, Common Cause

    January 20, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It doesn't surprise me with Thomas because his wife was a part ot the "tea party" movement. That would suggest to me that he is influenced. If any of the other justices have been to political events, that could also sway their votes.

    January 20, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    Should we be surprised? The pornography old fart whose wife is a member of the tea party and likes to make middle of the night calls to harrass a woman and then there's what's his face who if he was more conservative he would right fall off his judgeship chair. Those two.

    January 20, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    These republican activists have violated their oath. They need to change the name from supreme to interior.

    January 20, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Those are two fugly old men. Oh, and they legislate from bench, too. I wish they'd retire already.

    January 20, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |