On Monday, the United States Supreme Court overturned most of S.B.1070, an Arizona law targeting undocumented aliens. Although I wish the Court had struck down the entire Act, for the most part, S.C.O.T.U.S.did a pretty good job on this decision. However, in reading his dissenting opinion, Justice Antonin Scalia delivered a tirade against President Obama and on a number of matters completely unrelated to the matter before the Court. As a retired attorney, I was appalled at Justice Scalia's complete lack of professionalism and total disregard for the standards of judicial conduct,In this instance, Mr Scalia (I choose to deny him the judicial honorific where it is undeserved) exhibited a total lack of class and an even greater lack of good judgment. Supreme Court Justices are appointed for life. Nonetheless, this does not give them license to through partisan temper tantrums in public.

On Thursday, the Court will release its decision on the Affordable Care Act, and I have no doubt which way Justices Scalia, Alito and Thomas will vote. I totally disagree with their partisan bias, but I am more concerned that Clarence Thomas is voting at all. On the SB 1070 issue, Justice Kagan had the good grace to recuse herself from the case because she had worked on it as President Obama's Solicitor General. However, Justice Thomas has an even more serious conflict of interest . . . his wife has earned more than $150,000 from a lobbying group opposing A.C.A. In response to demands that Thomas recuse himself, conservatives have demanded that Justice Kagan recuse herself because she was appointed by President Obama. The circumstances of the two Justices are hardly comparable. Clarence Thomas' family profited handsomely from opposing the health care law. He should not be allowed to sit in judgment of its constitutionality And yet once again, a conservative Supreme Court Justice puts himself above ethics and propriety, because having a lifetime appointment, he can get away with it.

The conservatives on the Court are out of control. They seem to think they are above the law. In doing so, they are destroying the confidence of Americans in one of our  

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    My name is Richard Bullock. I practiced law in Illinois until I retired and moved to the southwest in 2002. I currently teach mathematics in Bullhead City, AZ and live with my wife (also a teacher) in Laughlin, NV.


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