Three Supreme Court justices earned money on the side last year. The memoirs of Clarence Thomas brought by far the biggest payday. Financial reports showed Thomas received a $500,000 advance. His salary as a justice is $194,000.
Each year the members of the Supreme Court must report their assets. The latest reports showed at least five of the nine justices are millionaires: Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sandra Day O’Connor, David Souter and John Paul Stevens. Thomas hit pay dirt last year when his autobiography prompted a bidding war among publishers. Chief Justice William Rehnquist, author of a new history of the disputed presidential election of 1876, received $35,000 from the book. Antonin Scalia earned $23,000 from teaching jobs.