Title: Justice Clarence Thomas Discloses Previously Undisclosed Trips Provided by Dallas Billionaire Harlan Crow
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In a recent ethics filing for 2022, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas reported three trips on private jets, which were provided by Dallas billionaire Harlan Crow. This revelation marks the first time Thomas has publicly disclosed such trips since joining the court in 1991, stirring a heated debate about Supreme Court ethics.
The disclosure also highlights an oversight by Justice Thomas, as he acknowledged that he should have reported in 2014 that he had sold his late mother’s home to Crow. This admission comes after an investigation by ProPublica uncovered that Crow had been providing luxury vacations to Thomas for years.
According to the report, two of the trips listed in the filing were for speaking engagements in Dallas at conferences organized by the conservative American Enterprise Institute. Thomas justified the lack of disclosure about trips before 2022, citing that court guidelines did not require it until last spring.
One of the notable trips occurred in May when Thomas traveled by a private plane due to security concerns following a leak of a draft ruling indicating the court’s intent to overturn Roe vs. Wade. Additionally, Thomas reported a one-week stay at Crow’s luxury estate in upstate New York.
Unlike previous vacation trips, the value of these trips was considered reportable in the filing due to changes in rules. However, the actual value of the trips was not disclosed.
Harlan Crow, chairman of Crow Holdings and a major GOP donor, has faced allegations of unethical behavior in his financial support of Justice Thomas. In particular, he has been accused of paying boarding school tuition for a Thomas grandnephew. Despite these allegations, Thomas and Crow maintain a close friendship that dates back to 1996.
Crow has defended his relationship with Thomas, denying any intention to influence the justice on legal or political matters. Nonetheless, the growing scrutiny of Supreme Court ethics raises questions about the potential influence of wealthy donors on judicial decisions.
The revelation about Justice Clarence Thomas’ previously undisclosed trips provided by Harlan Crow has sparked a renewed discussion on the transparency and accountability of the Supreme Court. As the public demands greater scrutiny, it remains to be seen how these developments will impact the judiciary and future court rulings.
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