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'Justice' Thomas challenged not just constitutionally...

by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / December 30, 2004 11:08 PM PST
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but ethically as well:
by Edward ODaniel / December 31, 2004 2:39 AM PST

That is your opinion and has no bearing as acceptance of the gifts was (and remains) legal and ETHICAL by the standards applied to all the justices and he made no attempt to conceal the gifts.

Care to comment on the ethics of someone who accepts a salary for a specific position but spends most of his time performing a function not even collateral to the position's requirements?

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A singularly barbed and obscure comment you appended.
by Ziks511 / December 31, 2004 12:28 PM PST
In reply to: but ethically as well:

I trust that we can agree that the Supreme Court should at least TRY to look impartial, although few of the current crop seem to be making much effort.

Rob Boyter

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I am sure that the justices of the SC
by gearup / January 1, 2005 4:51 AM PST

are not a bunch of idiots. They are all very much aware of what our constituion says and what is ethically expected of them.I have little respect for the opinions of Clarence Thomas as I am a middle of the road Republican (hopefully not the last of the breed) but that does not make him less learned and I am sure less aware of what he can and cannot do.

However what is legal often skirts the edge of what is ethical and under those circumstances a change in the rules would be welcome!

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Most of the court does try and....
by Edward ODaniel / January 1, 2005 4:53 AM PST

all manage to succeed. Even Ginsberg with her ties to Feminist groups. It is outsiders looking in who try to find fault where none exists.

Has nothing to do with Dave's remarks regarding Thomas which appear to stem from jealousy hampered by situational ethics.

While you may not have understood the point of the comment Dave certainly did and it was not obscure by any means.

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My point was that to make obscure reference to
by Ziks511 / January 3, 2005 12:05 AM PST

something you both share, or which one of you asserts that you both share, in a public forum is bad manners. Either you are communicating in a way we can participate in or you could e-mail semods4@etc and conduct your business that way. This looks like you are making a covert allegation at someone you are already known to disagree with, at which point it begins to look personal, snide and petty. It makes you look bad Edward. IMHO

Rob Boyter

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