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Justice Clarence Thomas Amends 20 Years of Disclosure Forms 

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas amended 20 years' worth of financial disclosure forms Monday after a liberal watchdog group questioned the omission of his wife's place of employment.

"It has come to my attention that information regarding my spouse's employment required in Part III B of my financial disclosure report was inadvertently omitted due to a misunderstanding of the filing instructions," Thomas wrote in a letter to the committee that handles the reports.

The Ethics in Government Act of 1978 requires all federal judges to disclose their spouse's employer. They are not required to list the total income.

Thomas' formal recognition of the errors follows a complaint filed Friday by the group Common Cause that had expressed concern about the "apparent gaps" in his disclosures as required by law.

Thomas amended the reports Monday, noting that his wife, Virginia Thomas, drew income from the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank where she worked from 1998 to 2003. Thomas also noted that she worked at Hillsdale College for three months in 2008.

None of Thomas' forms, covering activities through Dec. 31, 2009, mention his wife's work at Liberty Central, a conservative political education group she co-founded in January 2009 in part to energize Tea Party activists.

But the group did not officially launch until May 2010, which will only be covered during in the next disclosure period.

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Clarence Thomas' Wife Phones Anita Hill for Apology

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A few days ago, Brandeis University professor Anita Hill received a message on her voicemail at work.

“Good morning, Anita Hill, it's Ginny Thomas,” said the voice. “I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something.  I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband.  So give it some thought and certainly pray about this and come to understand why you did what you did.  Okay have a good day.”

Hill didn’t think the call was real.

“I initially thought it was a prank,” Hill tells ABC News.  “And if it was, I thought the authorities should know about it.”

She reported the call to campus police.

A reporter from ABC News affiliate KGO learned about this and reached out to Virginia Thomas. Thomas e-mailed the reporter, saying, “I did place a call to Ms. Hill at her office extending an olive branch to her after all these years, in hopes that we could ultimately get passed what happened so long ago. That offer still stands, I would be very happy to meet and talk with her if she would be willing to do the same. Certainly no offense was ever intended.”

Hill tells ABC News, “Even if it wasn’t a prank, it was in no way conciliatory for her to begin with the presumption that I did something wrong in 1991.  I simply testified to the truth of my experience.  For her to say otherwise is not extending an olive branch, it’s accusatory.”

She continues, “I don’t apologize.  I have no intention of apologizing and I stand by my testimony in 1991.”

Hill remembered that when Justice Clarence Thomas’s autobiography was released in 2007, the Thomases agreed to an interview with ABC News:

ABC:  “When you think about Anita Hill…was she a pawn, was she a liar?”

Justice Thomas:  “I really don’t care enough -- let me be honest with you.  I went through that during the hearing.  I thought about it.  I really don’t care.  What I care about is that the responsible people didn’t put an end to this nonsense.”

Virginia Thomas:  “I think there’s a lot of theories, but I hope she one day calls up and apologizes and I look forward to forgiving her…I’m sure she got swept up into something bigger than she may have understood at the beginning of whatever she was doing, but I think she owes us an apology and I look forward to receiving that phone call or that visit one day."

“So this isn’t new territory,” Hill tells ABC News.

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