Ethics Law Necessary to Keep High Court Justices in Line

Public deserves bill requiring Supreme Court justices to follow Code of Conduct.

, The National Law Journal


A group of lawmakers earlier this month introduced legislation that would hold U.S. Supreme Court justices accountable to the same ethics code as other federal court judges.

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  • Avon

    Adopting a code would not necessarily tie the hands of Justices, causing them to recuse in cases in which they would not have. The code they'd adopt pursuant to this statute would likely be lenient and/or vague.

    But it would serve the Justices well in deflecting criticism from the public, many of whom are pretty radical in their opinions that many Justices should recuse from a lot of the SCOTUS' cases. It could codify the principle that the Court has a duty, as well as a "province," to hear and decide cases, tending to discourage recusal. It could also clarify that Justices shouldn't "get political" in their personal time, so that (I hope) they'd end up in fewer situations where people urge recusal.

    We need a code.

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