Supreme Court adopts code of conduct following recent controversies

 November 14, 2023

The Supreme Court adopted a code of conduct on Monday following months of accusations about some justices.

Democrats attacked the code as insufficient while justices explained the new decision.

The justices speak

"For the most part these rules and principles are not new: The Court has long had the equivalent of common law ethics rules, that is, a body of rules derived from a variety of sources, including statutory provisions, the code that applies to other members of the federal judiciary, ethics advisory opinions issued by the Judicial Conference Committee on Codes of Conduct, and historic practice," the justices wrote.

"The absence of a Code, however, has led in recent years to the misunderstanding that the Justices of this Court, unlike all other jurists in this country, regard themselves as unrestricted by any ethics rules," it added.

Responding to concerns

"The court has been under pressure to act ever since a series of reports raised questions about whether justices were following the rules," NBC News reported.

"Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have proposed legislation that would impose a new ethics code on the court, with lawmakers saying they are being forced to act because of the justices' failure to do so," it continued.

The background

"Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee 'hit the brakes on plans to subpoena conservative legal scholar Leonard Leo and billionaire Harlan Crow during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday, scoring a win for the integrity of the Supreme Court,'" Townhall reported.

"The Judiciary Committee is slated to again consider subpoenas related to Supreme Court ethics this Thursday and it remains unclear if the Court's adoption of a formal code on Monday will change that," it noted.

Some Democrats are likely to continue calls for further restrictions, discontent with the new statement released by the justices.

However, all nine justices were unanimous in the statement, indicating a unity in the court that appears lacking in Congress.

The new code of conduct goes into effect right away, with many hoping the issue will put a stop to some of the attacks from those on the left.

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