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Apr-26-2010 14:58printcomments

Justice Breyer but not Justice Thomas?

I remind all of us that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, a former corporate attorney for Monsanto has not recused himself from this case.

Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Stephen Breyer
Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Stephen Breyer

(DA NANG, Vietnam) - The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments Tuesday regarding a federal judge's temporary ban on a breed of pesticide-resistant alfalfa, setting the stage for the court's first-ever ruling on genetically modified crops[1].

This might indeed be an opportunity to strike a more permanent blow to Monsanto and its latest horror - genetically modified seeds and crops.

However, read not too far between the lines here: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will not be part of the Court for this case - he has been excused, and rightfully so because his brother, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer heard the case in the 9th District and found AGAINST Monsanto, albeit in the form of a temporary injunction at the time, he partially wrote: "A federal action that eliminates a farmer's choice to grow non-genetically engineered crops, or a consumer's choice to eat non-genetically engineered food, is an undesirable consequence."

The article further points out: "That sense of foreboding is compounded by the fact that the case comes from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a frequent source of environmental cases struck down by the Supreme Court. Last year, when the Supreme Court overturned five decisions favoring environmentalists, four had come from the 9th Circuit (Greenwire, June 25, 2009).

I remind all of us that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, a former corporate attorney for Monsanto has not recused himself from this case.

There are no coincidences.

[1] Supreme Court to Take First Look at Genetically Modified Crops in Case With NEPA Implications


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eddie zawaski April 26, 2010 5:52 pm (Pacific time)

The likely reason that Thomas has not recused himself from this case is that Scalia, Alito and the rest all probably have big chunks of Monsanto stock in their portfolios and are thus anxious to push more GMO food product down our throats with this next decision. As it is now constituted, this court serves no one but its corporate masters

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