ProPublica revealed that Justice Clarence Thomas had accepted luxury vacations from Harlan Crow, a Texas billionaire, for the past two decades and never acknowledged these gifts on his financial disclosure form. Justice Thomas said in a statement that he thought these lavish trips on a private jet and a super-yacht fell under the category of “personal hospitality,” like having dinner at a friend’s home. ProPublica estimated that a recent trip to Asia, involving both the jet and the yacht, was worth about $500,000.

ProPublica consulted seven ethics experts, and all agreed that his defense was unreasonable. For one who claims to take the letter of the law literally, his failure to report the multiple gifts of free luxury travel is nonsense.

Will there be any accountability?

Are Supreme Court Justices outside the law?