October 24, 2022 -Durt Fibo


Yet again, Clarence Thomas has clubbed the law of the land into a bloody form that can only be named via dental identification. Today his unleashed fury at the country struck down the rulings of United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (Federal Judge Leigh Martin May), as well as a three-judge panel of the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals which upheld May’s decision last week. Thomas did this alone (see below), by approving an emergency temporary block on a Fulton County subpoena requiring Senator Lindsey Graham to testify in an investigation into interference in the 2020 election.

Graham filed for emergency help from the US Supreme Court, and Thomas was able to smash the previous rulings without involving the rest of the his colleagues because the lower court that issued the subpoena is in his jurisdiction. In short, Graham, at risk of prosecution for contempt of court, aped the same move Donald Trump made at the beginning of this month.

Graham’s dilemma resulted from Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ special grand jury investigation into the machinations of former president Trump and others to alter the results of the 2020 election in the state of Georgia. Graham has repeatedly been asked to testify before the grand jury about his phone calls with top Georgia election officials. Graham has instead repeatedly invoked what he sees as protection from testifying due to the Speech or Debate clause of the Constitution shielding members of Congress from legal action taken against them for their speech or debate in legislative work…which is not what Georgia election officials such as Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger have described Graham’s actions as.
The clause is found in Article I, Section 6 of the U.S. Constitution, granting members of Congress a privilege from arrest and legislative immunity for any speech or debate made in either of the houses The clause states that, among other privileges given to members of Congress, The Senators and Representatives ”shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.”

To recap, for the Dishonorable Thomas: the Speech and Debate clause protects members of Congress from legal action taken against them for their speech or debate in legislative work.