Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas are in a hot race to see which can lend the most discredit to the impartiality of the court by their overt political activities. But, with help from his wife — newly minted lobbyist and “ambassador” to the Tea Party — Thomas seems to have the lead at the moment. A law professor squarely poses the issue:

Justice Thomas “should not be sitting on a case or reviewing a statute that his wife has lobbied for,” said Monroe H. Freedman, a Hofstra Law School professor specializing in legal ethics. “If the judge’s impartiality might reasonably be questioned, that creates a perception problem.”

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