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Democrats Push Ethics Legislation for “Captured and Corrupted” SCOTUS

HeadlineJun 13, 2024

In other news from Capitol Hill, Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a Democratic bid to pass ethics and transparency legislation for the Supreme Court amid mounting corruption scandals around the court’s far-right justices.

Meanwhile, in the House, Congressmembers Jamie Raskin and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have announced a new ethics bill for the Supreme Court, which AOC said has been “captured and corrupted by money and extremism.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “The constitutional and democratic crisis and threat that this current corruption crisis on the court presents is a threat not just to American way of life and American democracy, but it is a threat to our lives. People have died and are dying after the Dobbs decision. People have died and can die with the rollbacks of environmental provisions.”

This comes as newly published audio recordings show Justice Samuel Alito lashing out at the ProPublica news outlet, which exposed Clarence Thomas for accepting lavish gifts from conservative billionaire Harlan Crow over decades. We’ll have more on this story after headlines with ProPublica reporter Justin Elliott and documentarian Lauren Windsor, who went undercover to record Alito’s remarks.

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