Newswire : Justice Clarence Thomas’s brazen violation of ethics rules, receives more attention

By Li

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has accepted luxury trips from a major Republican donor — and failed to disclose them — for over two decades, according to a bombshell ProPublica report that was published in early April. A second ProPublica report revealed that the same donor’s company purchased a house and two vacant lots from Thomas, a financial exchange he also did not disclose. And a Washington Post investigation found Thomas has repeatedly claimed income from a real estate company that no longer exists.
Thomas’s lack of disclosure about these trips and property sales is a clear violation of government ethics law, according to legal experts. A mistake may be behind the issue with his income statements — a new company with a similar name was formed after the first’s dissolution. That error, however, is reflective of a pattern of shoddy adherence to disclosure rules that has Thomas and his commitment to ethical conduct under new scrutiny.
Federal judges, including Supreme Court justices, are required to disclose such gifts and transactions under the Ethics in Government Act, which establishes rules for federal officials regarding what’s acceptable. As detailed by the law, transportation gifts, and most real estate sales above $1,000, need to be disclosed.
The recent reports follow Thomas’s refusal to recuse himself from litigation related to the January 6, 2021, Capitol insurrection, even as his wife, Ginni Thomas, played a direct role in trying to overturn the 2020 election results. More broadly, they serve as reminders that Supreme Court justices face limited oversight or accountability — and have long refused to publicly engage with calls for stricter ethics rules. 
In the past, lodging and food provided on someone’s property have been exempted from disclosure requirements, but transportation, which Thomas accepted, has not been. Per ProPublica, the “extent and frequency” of gifts that Thomas received from Republican megadonor Harlan Crow — which included flights on private jets and trips on luxury yachts — have “no known precedent in the modern history of the U.S. Supreme Court.” The property sales that Thomas made would also not be exempted from such laws. 

Newswire : Black cop Involved in deadly shooting of unarmed Stephon Clark


But it’s not that unusual; Black cops are more likely to shoot to death other blacks

By Frederick H. Lowe
Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from

Stephon Clark  and  a family photo

( – A Black Sacramento, Calif., police officer and his partner shot to death a 22-year-old unarmed African-American man whose killing has sparked protests, more unanswered questions about deadly police shootings, the reliability of witness identification and whether the police killed the wrong man for a property crime.
The office of John Burris, a prominent civil rights attorney based in Oakland, California, on Friday identified the officers as Jared Robinet and Terrence Mercadal. They have been assigned to desk duty, following the deadly shooting of Stephon Clark. Mercadal is Black.
A protest march in the aftermath of the shooting shut down Interstate 5 and almost disrupted the game between the Sacramento Kings and the Atlanta Hawks. Angry protestors chanting Clark’s name and “Black Lives Matter” also blocked Golden 1 Center’s entrances, the Kings’ home court. This forced employees to the lock doors, preventing most of the fans from getting inside. Nonetheless, a small number of fans did get inside, and the game went on though it was delayed. Sacramento won.
Vivek Ranadive, the Kings’ majority owner, spoke to the crowd from center court after the game. Ranadive called for unity. NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal also owns a piece of the Kings.
Sacramento residents were protesting the March 18 deadly shooting of Clark in his grandmother’s backyard. The two police officers each fired 10 shots at Clark, claiming he was armed with a gun. He was holding only a cell phone.
After the shooting, the police officers reloaded their guns and waited five minutes for other cops to arrive before administering CPR. The cops also switched off their microphones and body cameras.
Police were dispatched to the 7500 block of 29th Street after a caller claimed a man was breaking car and truck windows. The caller said the alleged thief was a man about 6’1’’ to 6’ 3” inches tall and thin. He did not mention the person’s race. The caller said the burglar was wearing a hooded sweatshirt with white dots and stripes on the front.
The Sacramento Sheriff’s Department helicopter trailed the suspect in the air, leading police to Clark’s grandmother’s backyard where Robinet and Mercadal confronted him. Clark approached them with his cellphone in one hand. The cops started shooting, later claiming that they believed he was armed and that they feared for their lives.
Clark was wearing a hooded sweatshirt, with a “North Face” logo on its front. Clark’s brother said Stephon was either 5’8’ or 5’9.”
The Right Man or Not?
On Wednesday, a reporter asked Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn, who is Black, if he believes Clark was the man neighbor reported was breaking car windows.
“Do I believe he was the one based on what we know now? I believe that, yeah, but can we factually say it yet? No. But when and if we can, we will put that out,” Hahn told The Sacramento Bee newspaper.
In the book “Chokehold: Policing Black Men,” author Paul Butler points out that the most-common fear about African-American men is that they are responsible for committing most crimes.
“For young black men, this stereotype is so deeply entrenched that unless they affirmatively demonstrate they are not criminals, people assume they are,” Butler wrote.
For example, a White woman in Evanston, Illinois, near Chicago, saw a Black man getting into a car. She called police and said he was trying to steal it.
Four Evanston cops rushed the man, later identified as Lawrence Crosby, a Ph.D student at Northwestern University, and violently threw him to the ground. It was later learned that the 25-year-old Crosby was getting into his own car.
Butler added another surprising fact. Although most deadly shootings of Black men by White cops receive a lot of media attention, studies show it is more likely for a Black cop to shoot a Black person.
A study by ProPublica, referenced in Butler’s book, analyzed federal data from deadly shootings from 2010 to 2012. Seventy-eight percent of people African-American officers shot were Black compared to 46 percent of the people killed by White cops.
The deadly shooting of Clark occurred in Sacramento where Advance Peace, a civic organization, and police have developed a unique program to reduce shootings and deadly shootings.