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21 April, 2024

Supreme Conflict Of Interest: Clarence Thomas To Rule On Homeless After Luxury Vacation With Real Estate Billionaire

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Clarence Thomas To Rule On Homeless After Luxury Vacation With Real Estate Billionaire.

"Supreme Court to debate whether cities can punish people who are homeless" - CNN

That's rich considering Clarence Thomas is beholden to Harlan Crow, a real estate billionaire. But hey, Thomas wouldn't recuse himself from a case about the deadly January 6th insurrection which his wife Ginni Thomas attended. Why start recusing yourself from cases where there is a conflict of interest now?

"The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a city could not “enforce its anti-camping ordinances against homeless persons for the mere act of sleeping outside with rudimentary protection from the elements, or for sleeping in their car at night, when there was no other place in the city for them to go.” - CNN

Ticketing the homeless is cruel and unusual punishment

"It is cruel and unusual punishment to arrest or ticket people for sleeping outside when they have no other safe place to go"

The Supreme Court plans to hear the case of Johnson v. Grants Pass about criminalizing homelessness. The case will decide whether cities are allowed to punish people for things like sleeping outside with a pillow or blanket, even when there are no safe shelter options... An adverse ruling would not only do nothing to end homelessness, but it would also punish people for existing in public in a country that has failed to ensure that everybody has a safe place to sleep. - Johnson v. Grants Pass

Being homeless is not a crime. Or at least it shouldn’t be. Yet all too often in America, society’s least fortunate are deemed criminals and treated as such. The National Homelessness Law Center offers pro bon legal support for those experiencing (or at risk of experiencing) homelessness. The Center collected personal accounts from the homeless to provide a perspective that globe trotting Supreme Court Justices may not be aware of.

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National Homelessness Law Center (NHLC)

The National Homelessness Law Center seeks to cultivate a society where every person can live with dignity and enjoy their basic human rights, including the right to affordable, quality, and safe housing. 

Every year more than 3.5 million people find themselves homeless. NHLC believes housing is a human right and fights hard to hold the U.S. accountable to international standards, to prevent homelessness for renters, and to create homes and communities for homeless people using surplus government property. The NHLC works hard to prevent economically vulnerable domestic violence survivors from becoming homeless. Read their report "Housing Not Handcuffs".

Clarence Thomas shameless Supreme Court Justice takes luxury trips paid for by billionaire Harlan Crow

Thomas ruling helped real estate billionaire Harlan Crow

While billionaire real estate mogul Harlan Crow was lavishing Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas with luxury gifts, Thomas voted to strike down federal tenant protections that might hurt the profits of Crow’s company.

Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas voted to end federal tenant protections that his billionaire benefactor’s company says threatened its real estate profit margins, according to corporate documents reviewed by the Lever. Thomas did not disclose his relationship with real estate billionaire Harlan Crow, nor did he recuse himself from the 2021 case, despite its potential impact on Crow Holdings. - Jacobin

"Bloomberg reported, Thomas did not appear to recuse himself in a 2005 Supreme Court case involving Trammell Crow Residential, in which Crow Holdings owned a minority stake. In the coming months, the rent control issue flagged by Crow Holdings could be before Thomas and the high court. A group of New York landlords are preparing to petition the Supreme Court to overturn the city’s rent stabilization laws after losing a recent case. Such a ruling could endanger rent-control laws nationwide." - Lever News

Should Clarence Thomas with close ties to Harlan Crow, a real estate billionaire be ruling on a case involving the homeless? Or should he recuse himself?

TakeAway: One day you're doing well. The next through a quirk of fate you're homeless. It can happen to anyone. And if the Supreme Court overturns Johnson v. Grants Pass, you could find yourself in jail for being homeless.

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