Democrats In Congress Make Long-Awaited Move To Force Ethics On Supreme Court

Posted: August 4, 2013 in Congress, Democrats, The Supreme Court, Washington
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Young Progressive Voices

Two conservative justices on the Supreme Court have raised questions about laws regarding ethics and conflicts-of-interest when it comes to the cases that the SCOTUS reviews. Unlike all other federal judges, Supreme Court justices are not responsible for following the Code of Conduct for United States judges. Instead, they are given broad latitude and authority to recuse themselves from cases if they feel that is the right thing to do. Unfortunately, in the cases of Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, they have failed to do so, and have faced heat from concerned citizens multiple times for alleged conflicts of interest. With respect to past events, a group of Democrats plan to bring forward legislation to force Supreme Court to adhere to a system of ethics.

Right now, there is no process for citizens to complain or make a complaint about the ethical performance of judges on the Supreme Court:

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