This excerpt is from a piece that originally ran on May 30, 2023.
Rakim H.D. Brooks, the president of Alliance for Justice and Alliance for Justice Action Campaign, said in a news release that Thomas “called into question his life’s work” when he accepted the gifts from Crow.
“The Chief Justice is fond of saying that the justices are mere umpires, calling balls and strikes,” Brooks said. “Well now we know that at least one umpire has been taking kickbacks. No one should turn a blind eye to that level of corruption, particularly those sworn to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
The Supreme Court did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But in April, Thomas said that he didn’t think he needed to report gifts from his “dearest friends,” like Crow and his wife.