No Court Should Be Above the Rules
The Code of Conduct for U.S. Judges, which requires judges to “act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary” and explicitly bans political activity, shockingly does not apply to the Supreme Court. Just as surprisingly, Supreme Court justices who have been asked to step aside from a case make their decisions alone, in secret, and with no possibility of review by their peers or any other authority.
Holding the Supreme Court to a lower ethical standard undermines the Court’s appearance of independence and impartiality. That’s why AFJ is calling on the Court to adopt the same rules that hold sway in every other federal courtroom.
Alliance for Justice’s latest short documentary, A Question of Integrity: Politics, Ethics, and the Supreme Court, was released last October, and has been screened all across the country, from Los Angeles to Capitol Hill. Learn more about A Question of Integrity here.
Watch Nan Aron discuss the Supreme Court Ethics Act of 2013 on MSNBC’s Disrupt with Karen Finney: