Posted by: mulrickillion | November 21, 2011

[U.S. Supreme Court Justice] Clarence Thomas attends hometown museum dedication; source of funding for institution prompts questions

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RICHARD BURKHART/SAVANNAH MORNING NEWS – Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas looks over the Georgia Historical Society Pin Point Community marker as a young boy reads the inscription during an unveiling ceremony.

By Robert Barnes, Nov 19, 2011 — PIN POINT, GA. — The Clarence Thomas Interchange on Interstate 95 leads eventually to the Clarence Thomas wing of Savannah’s Carnegie Library, which is near the Clarence Thomas Center for Historical Preservation at the Savannah College of Art and Design. . . .

Pin Point is the world into which Thomas was born, but the museum is owed to the world in which Thomas now lives. His friend Harlan Crow, a wealthy Dallas developer who also donates to conservative political causes, has spent millions of dollars on the project.

That and other generosities to Thomas and his wife, Virginia, have given rise to ethics controversies in Washington. After a New York Times investigative report identified Crow as the museum’s anonymous donor and raised questions about trips Thomas took that Crow might have underwritten, government ethics groups and liberal organizations protested.

“Do Supreme Court justices get a pass on the ethical standards that every other judge must meet?” asked Bob Edgar, president of Common Cause. . . .

Clarence Thomas attends hometown museum dedication; source of funding for institution prompts questions – The Washington Post

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