Fix the Court, the group that released the findings, calculated the total in gifts from January 2004 to December 2023 and said the nine current justices received 344 gifts totaling nearly $3million.

Supreme Court justices received $3million in gifts throughout the last two decades, a watchdog group revealed on Thursday - with controversial Justice Clarence Thomas accounting for nearly 80 percent.

Thomas, who has come under fire for accepting gifts from billionaire Harlan Crow, led the group of justices with the highest value of gifts accepted at $2.4million, according to Court News Service.

Fix the Court, the group that released the findings, calculated the total in gifts from January 2004 to December 2023 and said the nine current justices received 344 gifts totaling nearly $3million.

  • @credo
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    $120K/yr in gifts seems perfectly reasonable. I just haven’t pulled on my bootstraps hard enough to find such nice friends.

    Maybe next year!

    • @[email protected]
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      41 month ago

      If all someone’s decisions are obviously best for the least amongst us, I might be okay with whatever (disclosed!) gifts

    • @JoshuaFalken
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      Ignoring that they shouldn’t be getting any of these ‘gifts’, could you imagine being one of the others only recieving a few thousand a year. I’d be rather annoyed.

  • Jimmybander
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    Is there no consequence for this? Wtf are we just letting this slide for? America is so fucked.

    • sunzu
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      This is how it always been, internet made it impossible to hide.

      The people in power don’t even really care, what about overworked and underpaid wage slaves going to do about it?

      Make a shit post, maybe do a protest then lay down and take it anyway?

      Asking for a friend.

    • @[email protected]
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      The ruling class of the United States has always been like this. This is a country founded by and for slaveowners that gladly governed in their own favor.

    • @ThekingoflordaMA
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      Who’s gonna prosecute him? He’s can appeal up to the highest court and then exonerate himself together with his buddies.

      • @GoofSchmoofer
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        If the system was working as it should congress can impeach him. But that’s not going to happen we know that he knows that.

        I also think that he is using this GOP congressional firewall to keep doing it because why not?

      • @3volver
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        The American people, at least that’s what the Founding Fathers would have said.

        • @BluescreenOfDeath
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          The founding Fathers likely couldn’t imagine a Congress that wouldn’t impeach a Supreme Court Justice for such flagrant self-enrichment. But they were thinking about Congress as a more ideological body rather than a political entity. They couldn’t imagine Justices being aligned with political bodies; that was part of the idea of a lifetime appointment. Put someone in a job for life and they should be immune from partisan political bullshit from the outside.

          They couldn’t envision justices who would trade everything for a lifetime appointment to support their preferred political flavor.

          IMO, the solution is to let every President nominate a new SC justice, and retire the oldest one every election.

    • Flying Squid
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      Much like the Mullahs of Iran, the Mullahs of America can do whatever they want and you have to do what they say.

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        funny how America mocks Iran’s undemocratic clown house but we have too worship this shit at home…

        the sad part is that the NPC culture accepted it, everyone is for it as along as it is “their” team who gets to make shots

        we got what we deserves really at this point. sucks to suck.

  • @qooqie
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    That is not that much money to sell out the American people

    • @[email protected]
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      Those are just the “gifts” we know about. There have probably been dozens of envelopes full of cash or gold coins as well.

  • @_number8_
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    so why can’t anybody do anything? why does he still get to wear the robe and have such a say in the world? maybe the good guys should start breaking rules as well to get things done since the right has already established that precedent. they’re not gonna just start playing nice because the democrats are.

    • @[email protected]
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      This is how the American system works. He’s just not being classy about it.

      Congressmembers do insider trading all the time and move into industry positions after they leave, having helped those exact industries (following the requests of their lobbyists). Congressmembers go straight to the top of boards for weapons manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, etc.

      Regulators and other officials do the same thing. They cycle back and forth between the industries they’re supposed to reign in and supposedly the job where they do reign them in. Work for the FCC -> work for a telecom -> FCC -> telecom.

      In terms of the Supreme Court itself, it is an illegitimate body that has legitimacy only because the other two branches give it to them. Their major powers are not in the constitution and they have very few rules to follow.

      You are right that gaining power to establish justice is what really matters, not “the rules” (which are always selectively applied). But it really depends on what you mean by the “good guys”. If you mean Democrats, unfortunately they are also deeply embedded in this system and are not champions against it. They maintain power through the same kinds of industry connections and exit strategies and insider training. Their electoral apparatus is built on getting donations from companies and their executives so that they can buy ads and canvassers and phone bankers and data nerds to reach out and drive likely voters to turn out for them.

      I’ve been in high-ish level Dem offices on various occasions. They put a lot of effort into shmoozing with donors and doing everything they can to get more money from likely donors. Big and small, though big get the most attention. The idea of building their base of power from the action of motivated grassroots individuals is rejected. And that’s the only real base of power that is likely to reflect justice.

      • @fukurthumz420
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        so be smart about it. all it takes is one lone wolf that doesn’t keep a cell phone to study movements of these figures.

    • Erasmus
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      51 month ago

      Because all US politicians do this. Including all the ones on the Supreme Court. The entire system is corrupt. That’s why Roberts wont go before anyone and discuss it or why no one is really pushing too hard to do anything to him about it. They all do the same thing in one form or the other.

    • @ripcord
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      11 month ago

      At this point, you really haven’t learned the answer to this question? Like, the real answer? Even though this comes up in every article on this for the last year at least?

    • @WhyDoYouPersist
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      Every single time dude. Every time I see what a politician was paid to worsen their constituents’ lives, the dollar amount tied to it is just never that remarkable, especially in the context of a world where Elon Musk gets a $56bn pay package for nothing in return.

    • @werefreeatlast
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      Cheaply? There aren’t enough guys going to home Depot and not enough lube for me to earn that much over 3 lifetimes if that’s all I did.

    • Flying Squid
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      For sure, or he would have taken up John Oliver on his offer.

  • @jaybone
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    lol that isn’t shit. The corporations buy and sell this guy like a slave. 2.4M are pennies to these people. That money is nothing to them. Fuck you Clarence Thomas.

  • ALoafOfBread
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    Wait so all the justices recieved $3M in gifts, and $2.4M of that was to Thomas? That’s like 80% of the gifts.

    • @ikidd
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      That he’s reported. Who knows what else isn’t on the radar yet, because that corrupt fucker keeps “misremembering” to report gifts like private school tuition, RV loans that get forgiven, and several vacations a year.

    • @profdc9
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      Maybe a better approach would be to distribute the gifts equally amongst the justices. That way they could all graft equally. Equal graft under the law!

      • ALoafOfBread
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        From each according to their corruption, to each according to their greed

  • @Fedizen
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    appointing like 90 more supreme court justices would make this cost prohibitive

  • Maple Engineer
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    All that GOP complaining about activist judges was just another example that every accusation is an admission. They were stacking all the courts with activist judges so they could throw out elections and install a christofascist dictatorship. Trump’s reelection is the final step. They kill him off once he’s elected along with whatever simpleton sycophant he chooses as his running mate and install the christofascist speaker of the house at president. They telegraphed that when they claimed that the Democrats were going to kill of Biden to install Harris as president. Every single accusation is an admission.

    • @fukurthumz420
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      11 month ago

      the actual answer. this comment needs as many upvotes as possible before it gets removed.