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Scandal-Plagued Supreme Court Publishes “Code of Conduct” with No Enforcement Mechanism

HeadlineNov 14, 2023

The Supreme Court said Monday it has adopted a new code of conduct, following a series of high-profile corruption scandals. In April, ProPublica reported Justice Clarence Thomas failed to disclose lavish gifts and payments from billionaire and conservative activist Harlan Crow. More reporting revealed that Justice Neil Gorsuch sold property he co-owned to the head of a major law firm that has since had many cases before the court, and the wife of Chief Justice John Roberts was paid over $10 million in commissions as a job recruiter placing lawyers at elite law firms. The Supreme Court’s updated, 14-page code of conduct contains no enforcement mechanism. The anti-corruption group Revolving Door Project blasted it as an “unenforceable public relations document [that] serves absolutely no purpose other than to permit the media to revert to pretending that our unaccountable and unethical Supreme Court retains legitimacy.”

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