SCOTUS justices file financial disclosures, many of them raked in cash for book deals: Report

 June 11, 2024

Recently, the justices of the United States Supreme Court filed their annual financial disclosures and the documents revealed quite a few interesting figures regarding how several of the justices are making money on the side, reports indicated

Democrats have mounted extreme pressure on several conservative justices, like Justice Clarence Thomas, regarding trips and other gifts from GOP megadonor and billionaire Harlan Crow.

But now that the numbers have been published, it's clear that it's not just Thomas receiving gifts from wealthy friends.

Several justices, from both sides of the aisle, are making mountains of cash from current or upcoming book deals, including Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.

What's happening?

It was revealed in the report that Justice Brown Jackson received an eye-popping $900,000 advance on her upcoming book, making her one of four justices who reported large incomes from book deals.

In addition to the big payday ahead of her memoir, Brown Jackson also received tickets from Beyonce to a concert, valued at nearly $4,000. She also received numerous pieces of expensive artwork valued at around $12,500.

Justice Brett Kavanaugh also received an advance on his upcoming "legal memoir," totaling some $340,000 from Regnery Publishing company.

The outlet noted:

The company was sold and the book is to be published by an imprint at Hachette Book Group, according to Axios, which also reported this week that Kavanaugh's book will deal with his contentious confirmation hearing that included allegations of sexual misconduct, which he has denied. The court confirmed Friday that the justice is writing a legal memoir.

Rounding out the four justices cashing in on book deals was Justices Neil Gorsuch and Sonia Sotomayor, who raked in $250,000 and nearly $90,000, respectively.

Ethics code

Democrats hammered conservative justices, especially Justice Thomas, regarding his gifts from Crow, and pressed the federal judiciary to require disclosures of all gifts.

Thomas had previously not disclosed some of the travel provided by Crow.

The AP noted:

In March, the federal judiciary began requiring judges to disclose travel-related gifts and their values — rather than reporting such gifts as reimbursements. The justices say they generally abide by the same rules, but Thomas did not disclose the cost of the Bali hotel.

Disclosures were filed by eight of the nine justices, as Justice Samuel Alito requested a 90-day extension to file his paperwork.

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