A blog of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section

Two items on today’s New York Times website again raise the issue of Supreme Court justices and politics. The wife of Justice Clarence Thomas has set up a lobbying firm in behalf of conservative causes. Justice Antonin Scalia spoke to a meeting of conservative first-term Congresspersons. Should spouses of judges stay out of the public square? Should judges avoid ideological forums? Your comments are invited.

Justice Thomas’s Wife Sets Up a Conservative Lobbying Shop
By ERIC LICHTBLAU
Published: February 4, 2011
Virginia Thomas is rebranding herself as a lobbyist and self-appointed “ambassador to the Tea Party movement.

Editorial
Politics and the Court
Published: February 4, 2011
When it comes to pushing the line between law and politics, Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas each had a banner month in January.

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