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Amy Coney Barrett says she supports an ethics code for Supreme Court justices

  

Category:  News & Politics

Via:  hallux  •  8 months ago  •  16 comments

By:   Joe Hernandez - NPR

Amy Coney Barrett says she supports an ethics code for Supreme Court justices

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As members of the U.S. Supreme Court continue to face scrutiny over potential ethical transgressions, one justice said this week she supports implementing an ethics code for the high court.

Speaking at an event at the University of Minnesota on Monday, Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett said she favors the idea of an ethics code.

"I think it would be a good idea for us to do it, particularly so that we can communicate to the public exactly what it is that we are doing in a clearer way than perhaps we have been able to do so far," Barrett said.


Barrett added that she couldn't say when the court would impose such a set of rules, or what any future code of conduct might look like.

"All nine justices are very committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct," Barrett said. "And we're in agreement about what to do. And that we want to continue to follow the highest ethical standards," she said.

Supreme Court justices are supposed to abide by financial disclosure provisions that apply to all federal judges. But the   high court isn't beholden to other federal ethics rules , and the justices alone decide when to recuse themselves from cases.

Recent   investigations by   ProPublica   have raised questions about possible ethics violations among justices and renewed calls for a Supreme Court code of ethics.

ProPublica   found that conservative Justice Clarence Thomas failed to disclose lavish trips, among other spending, paid for by his longtime friend Harlan Crow, a Republican megadonor. Thomas later issued a statement saying that when he first joined the court, he was advised that he did not have to disclose hospitality from personal friends.

Billionaire Paul Singer paid for Justice Samuel Alito to fly on a private jet to a luxury fishing trip in Alaska, after which Singer's hedge fund had multiple cases before the high court, the outlet reported. Alito similarly failed to disclose the trip, according to   ProPublica . In a June op-ed published   in the   Wall Street Journal ,   Alito defended his actions, saying he had no obligation to recuse himself from cases involving Singer and that he had only interacted with him "on a handful of occasions.

Justices   Sonia Sotomayor   and   Neil Gorsuch   have also faced ethics questions in recent months.

Barrett isn't the first sitting justice to back a code of ethics.   Elena Kagan suggested   that a Supreme Court ethics code would be a "good thing," while   Brett Kavanaugh said   in September he hoped there would be "concrete steps soon" to address the questions facing the court.

Chief Justice John Roberts   said earlier this year   that the court could do more to "adhere to the highest standards" of ethics and that the justices were "continuing to look at the things we can do to give practical effect to that commitment."




The Senate Judiciary Committee invited Roberts to testify about ethics matters related to the court in the spring, but he declined .


The panel later  voted along party lines  — with Democrats in favor and Republicans against — to send to the Senate floor a bill that would require the Supreme Court to adopt a code of ethics and force justices to explain their recusal decisions to the public.




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Hallux
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1  seeder  Hallux    8 months ago

Is Amy morphing into a Sandra Day O'Connor? Yikes Amy, you were supposed to exit from the chrysalis as a moth, not a butterfly.

 
 
 
evilone
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1.1  evilone  replied to  Hallux @1    8 months ago

She didn't sound like it would be anything more than a press release. 

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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1.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  Hallux @1    8 months ago
The panel later  voted along party lines  — with Democrats in favor and Republicans against — to send to the Senate floor a bill that would require the Supreme Court to adopt a code of ethics and force justices to explain their recusal decisions to the public.

Nah...she's still in the ugly larvae stage

 
 
 
Hallux
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1.2.1  seeder  Hallux  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.2    8 months ago

No meta for Amy?

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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1.2.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  Hallux @1.2.1    8 months ago

No. I don't trust her

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.2.3  devangelical  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.2.2    8 months ago

I can't post a comment not containing multiple catholic girl sexual stereotypes. sorry, I tried...

 
 
 
cjcold
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1.2.4  cjcold  replied to  devangelical @1.2.3    8 months ago

Have wet dreams about those short catholic skirts.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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1.2.5  Trout Giggles  replied to  devangelical @1.2.3    8 months ago

I'm sorry

 
 
 
cjcold
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1.3  cjcold  replied to  Hallux @1    8 months ago

Screw lifetime appointments! 

Too many supremes are ignorant, corrupt fascists.

The founders were wrong on some things.

They had no idea that fascism would corrupt America.

 
 
 
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1.3.4  cjcold  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @1.3.1    8 months ago

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I call it like I see it.

 
 
 
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