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Sun Oct 25, 2020, 04:47 PM

The U. S. Supreme Court should have an ethics code

It's absolutely astounding there isn't one. Something to add to the long list of ethics reforms in the Biden/Harris administration.

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Reply The U. S. Supreme Court should have an ethics code (Original post)
dlk Oct 25 OP
Karadeniz Oct 25 #1
MousePlayingDaffodil Oct 25 #3
dlk Oct 25 #6
alwaysinasnit Oct 25 #2
empedocles Oct 25 #4
StarfishSaver Oct 25 #10
RainCaster Oct 25 #5
dlk Oct 25 #7
brooklynite Oct 25 #8
onenote Oct 25 #13
dlk Oct 25 #9
bdamomma Oct 25 #11
onenote Oct 25 #14
bdamomma Oct 25 #15
onenote Oct 25 #16
Turbineguy Oct 25 #12

Response to dlk (Original post)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 04:49 PM

1. That needs to go on Joe's to-do list!

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Response to Karadeniz (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 05:07 PM

3. Joe no can do . . .

Neither the President nor Congress could impose any sort of code of conduct on the Supreme Court Justices. There are fundamental Separation of Powers issues involved there. Congress does have more discretion in this regard with respect to the U.S. Courts of Appeals and U.S. District Court because, under Article III, Congress itself is tasked with establishing the federal judiciary. But the Supreme Court answers to no one. When a Justice recuses him or herself from a given case, he or she is doing so at their own election.

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Response to MousePlayingDaffodil (Reply #3)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 05:22 PM

6. The resistance to implementing such a code of conduct taints the court

With Barrett on the court, the tainting will only accelerate - a loss for all Americans

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Response to dlk (Original post)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 04:52 PM

2. There is already a judicial code of conduct but it doesn't apply to the SC.

https://www.uscourts.gov/judges-judgeships/code-conduct-united-states-judges

"This Code applies to United States circuit judges, district judges, Court of International Trade judges, Court of Federal Claims judges, bankruptcy judges, and magistrate judges. Certain provisions of this Code apply to special masters and commissioners as indicated in the “Compliance” section. The Tax Court, Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces have adopted this Code. "

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Response to dlk (Original post)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 05:10 PM

4. There must be some ethics that can be applied to SCOTUS

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Response to empedocles (Reply #4)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 05:30 PM

10. Impeachment

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Response to dlk (Original post)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 05:19 PM

5. Joe can set up a watch dog program for SCOTUS

If all their payola is published weekly, along with the list of those who voted for them... And the lobbyists paying for their decisions.

Could we convince them to police themselves?
Nah- what was I thinking.

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Response to RainCaster (Reply #5)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 05:24 PM

7. Foxes guarding the henhouse...

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Self-policing isn’t very effective.

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Response to dlk (Original post)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 05:24 PM

8. 1) What's your basis for saying there isn't one?

2) How does the Executive Branch impose an ethics code on the Judiciary? (see: separation of powers)

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #8)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 05:41 PM

13. +1

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Response to dlk (Original post)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 05:28 PM

9. For example, there is no rule requiring a SCOTUS judge to recuse if there is a conflict of interest

This should be a mandatory rule in every court to help preserve their integrity. The honor system isn’t always honorable.

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Response to dlk (Original post)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 05:33 PM

11. McConnell

needs his ass thrown out, literally.

I maybe off topic, but this confirmation hearing was a total illegal power grab.

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Response to bdamomma (Reply #11)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 05:41 PM

14. Power grab. Yes. Illegal? No.

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Response to onenote (Reply #14)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 05:48 PM

15. Unprecedented move

to appoint SC Justice a few weeks before an election?? And it's not viewed as illegal?

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Response to bdamomma (Reply #15)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 05:50 PM

16. Unprecedented. Yes. Illegal. No.

What constitutional provision, statute and/or court decision makes it illegal?

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Response to dlk (Original post)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 05:39 PM

12. They should be more like this:

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