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October 13, 1991 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She is by turns impassive, defiant, angry and tearful. As she sits behind her husband, Virginia Thomas' face catalogues her emotions and betrays her ordeal. "I saw her break down in tears last night," her mother, Marjorie Lamp, said Saturday. "And I broke down too." Virginia Lamp Thomas is a lawyer from Omaha. She has been a congressional aide and a business lobbyist and now is a legislative official for the U.S. Department of Labor.
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March 6, 2011 | By Jonathan Turley
Louis XIV of France was infamous for his view that there was no distinction between himself and the state, allegedly proclaiming "L'√Čtat, c'est moi" ("I am the State"). That notorious merging of personality with an institution was again on display in a February speech by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas before the conservative Federalist Society. Thomas used the friendly audience to finally address a chorus of criticism over his alleged conflicts of interest and violation of federal disclosure rules concerning his wife's income.
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NATIONAL
March 14, 2010 | By Kathleen Hennessey
As Virginia Thomas tells it in her soft-spoken, Midwestern cadence, the story of her involvement in the "tea party" movement is the tale of an average citizen in action. "I am an ordinary citizen from Omaha, Neb., who just may have the chance to preserve liberty along with you and other people like you," she said at a recent panel discussion with tea party leaders in Washington. Thomas went on to count herself among those energized into action by President Obama's "hard-left agenda."
NATIONAL
January 22, 2011 | By Kim Geiger, Washington Bureau
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas failed to report his wife's income from a conservative think tank on financial disclosure forms for at least five years, the watchdog group Common Cause said Friday. Between 2003 and 2007, Virginia Thomas, a longtime conservative activist, earned $686,589 from the Heritage Foundation, according to a Common Cause review of the foundation's IRS records. Thomas failed to note the income in his Supreme Court financial disclosure forms for those years, instead checking a box labeled "none" where "spousal noninvestment income" would be disclosed.
NATIONAL
March 19, 2010 | By Kathleen Hennessey
Virginia consumer-protection officials have warned the wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas that her advocacy group is improperly soliciting contributions in the state. In a letter to Virginia Thomas on Thursday, the state Office of Consumer Affairs directed Liberty Central Inc. to the Virginia law that requires groups to register with the office or request an exemption before seeking donations for a charitable purpose. Liberty Central is a Virginia-based group soliciting contributions online and is not registered or exempt, said Michael Wright, the manager of regulatory programs at the Office of Consumer Affairs, a branch of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
OPINION
March 20, 2010
A justice's wife Re "Challenging a judicial norm," March 14 I find it unseemly for Virginia Thomas to align herself with the "tea party" movement. She is not an "ordinary citizen" -- she is the wife of a Supreme Court justice with all the rights, privileges and responsibilities of that position. Norma Wilkinson Long Beach Any corporation that might have a financial interest in a decision to be made by the Supreme Court that does not contribute at least a couple hundred thousand dollars to Virginia Thomas' "tea party"-linked nonprofit should expect to be sued by its stockholders for malfeasance.
OPINION
March 6, 2011 | By Jonathan Turley
Louis XIV of France was infamous for his view that there was no distinction between himself and the state, allegedly proclaiming "L'√Čtat, c'est moi" ("I am the State"). That notorious merging of personality with an institution was again on display in a February speech by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas before the conservative Federalist Society. Thomas used the friendly audience to finally address a chorus of criticism over his alleged conflicts of interest and violation of federal disclosure rules concerning his wife's income.
NATIONAL
November 16, 2010 | By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau
Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, may be stepping down as president of Liberty Central, a group she founded last year that worked with "tea party" activists to elect more conservatives to Congress. She has long been active in conservative politics in Washington, including serving as an aide to former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) and as a liaison between the Heritage Foundation and the George W. Bush administration. Thomas founded Liberty Central with the goal of restoring the "founding principles" of limited government and individual liberty.
NATIONAL
October 22, 2010 | By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau
A conservative group founded by Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, removed references to the "unconstitutional" healthcare law from its website Thursday and blamed staff errors for statements indicating she and her group believed the law should be struck down. "Liberty Central assiduously avoids taking a position on the constitutionality of this, and other issues, and will continue to do so in the future," said Sarah Field, the group's chief operating officer.
OPINION
October 22, 2010
A sorry state of affairs Re "Justice Thomas' wife seeks apology," Oct. 20 Conservative activist Virginia Thomas has some gall asking Anita Hill for an apology. It's former President George H.W. Bush who owes the American people an apology for nominating her husband, Clarence Thomas, to succeed civil rights giant Thurgood Marshall as a Supreme Court justice. Thomas is the only justice who does not say a word during Supreme Court proceedings. Lawyers might as well be arguing their cases before a sphinx.
NATIONAL
November 16, 2010 | By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau
Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, may be stepping down as president of Liberty Central, a group she founded last year that worked with "tea party" activists to elect more conservatives to Congress. She has long been active in conservative politics in Washington, including serving as an aide to former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) and as a liaison between the Heritage Foundation and the George W. Bush administration. Thomas founded Liberty Central with the goal of restoring the "founding principles" of limited government and individual liberty.
NATIONAL
October 22, 2010 | By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau
A conservative group founded by Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, removed references to the "unconstitutional" healthcare law from its website Thursday and blamed staff errors for statements indicating she and her group believed the law should be struck down. "Liberty Central assiduously avoids taking a position on the constitutionality of this, and other issues, and will continue to do so in the future," said Sarah Field, the group's chief operating officer.
OPINION
October 22, 2010
A sorry state of affairs Re "Justice Thomas' wife seeks apology," Oct. 20 Conservative activist Virginia Thomas has some gall asking Anita Hill for an apology. It's former President George H.W. Bush who owes the American people an apology for nominating her husband, Clarence Thomas, to succeed civil rights giant Thurgood Marshall as a Supreme Court justice. Thomas is the only justice who does not say a word during Supreme Court proceedings. Lawyers might as well be arguing their cases before a sphinx.
NATIONAL
October 21, 2010 | By Kathleen Hennessey and David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau
Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is working to repeal what she believes is President Obama's "unconstitutional law" regulating health insurance, an issue likely to be decided by the high court. "With the U.S. Constitution on our side and the hearts and minds of the American people with us, freedom will prevail," says a position paper posted on the website of Liberty Central, the group formed by Virginia Thomas this year to advance conservative principles and candidates.
OPINION
March 20, 2010
A justice's wife Re "Challenging a judicial norm," March 14 I find it unseemly for Virginia Thomas to align herself with the "tea party" movement. She is not an "ordinary citizen" -- she is the wife of a Supreme Court justice with all the rights, privileges and responsibilities of that position. Norma Wilkinson Long Beach Any corporation that might have a financial interest in a decision to be made by the Supreme Court that does not contribute at least a couple hundred thousand dollars to Virginia Thomas' "tea party"-linked nonprofit should expect to be sued by its stockholders for malfeasance.
NATIONAL
March 19, 2010 | By Kathleen Hennessey
Virginia consumer-protection officials have warned the wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas that her advocacy group is improperly soliciting contributions in the state. In a letter to Virginia Thomas on Thursday, the state Office of Consumer Affairs directed Liberty Central Inc. to the Virginia law that requires groups to register with the office or request an exemption before seeking donations for a charitable purpose. Liberty Central is a Virginia-based group soliciting contributions online and is not registered or exempt, said Michael Wright, the manager of regulatory programs at the Office of Consumer Affairs, a branch of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
NATIONAL
October 21, 2010 | By Kathleen Hennessey and David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau
Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is working to repeal what she believes is President Obama's "unconstitutional law" regulating health insurance, an issue likely to be decided by the high court. "With the U.S. Constitution on our side and the hearts and minds of the American people with us, freedom will prevail," says a position paper posted on the website of Liberty Central, the group formed by Virginia Thomas this year to advance conservative principles and candidates.
NATIONAL
January 22, 2011 | By Kim Geiger, Washington Bureau
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas failed to report his wife's income from a conservative think tank on financial disclosure forms for at least five years, the watchdog group Common Cause said Friday. Between 2003 and 2007, Virginia Thomas, a longtime conservative activist, earned $686,589 from the Heritage Foundation, according to a Common Cause review of the foundation's IRS records. Thomas failed to note the income in his Supreme Court financial disclosure forms for those years, instead checking a box labeled "none" where "spousal noninvestment income" would be disclosed.
NATIONAL
March 14, 2010 | By Kathleen Hennessey
As Virginia Thomas tells it in her soft-spoken, Midwestern cadence, the story of her involvement in the "tea party" movement is the tale of an average citizen in action. "I am an ordinary citizen from Omaha, Neb., who just may have the chance to preserve liberty along with you and other people like you," she said at a recent panel discussion with tea party leaders in Washington. Thomas went on to count herself among those energized into action by President Obama's "hard-left agenda."
NEWS
October 13, 1991 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She is by turns impassive, defiant, angry and tearful. As she sits behind her husband, Virginia Thomas' face catalogues her emotions and betrays her ordeal. "I saw her break down in tears last night," her mother, Marjorie Lamp, said Saturday. "And I broke down too." Virginia Lamp Thomas is a lawyer from Omaha. She has been a congressional aide and a business lobbyist and now is a legislative official for the U.S. Department of Labor.
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