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Thu Oct 31, 2019, 02:41 PM

Conservative Supreme Court Justices Are Showing Their Biases On Twitter Now

Conservative Supreme Court Justices Are Showing Their Biases On Twitter Now
If only the Supreme Court had ANY ETHICS RULES AT ALL.
By ELIE MYSTAL
at 12:12 PM

If the Supreme Court followed the basic rules of ethics applicable to every other court, Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Brett Kavanaugh would have to recuse themselves from the Bostock, Altitude Express, and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes cases — the ones which seek to reinterpret Title VII to allow for bigotry against the LGBTQ community. Alito and Kavanaugh took some sort of meeting and even posed for a picture with the leader of a virulent anti-LGBT group, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). Here’s the photo:

Great day at US Supreme Court #SCOTUS with #CardinalMueller, Princess Gloria #ThurnundTaxis with Justices #SamuelAlito and #BrettKavanaugh



It’s really bad enough that conservative justices are so willing to give public aid and comfort to right-wing groups like the Federalist Society. Brett Kavanaugh, who has been credibly accused of attempted rape, has promised to take revenge on his enemies, so you can’t really claim the justice’s partisan hackery is surprising. But this meeting with the NOM is is outrageous. NOM has filed an amicus brief with the Court in the Bostock/Altitude/Funeral Homes cases. The Court has heard arguments and the justices are ostensibly working on their opinions in those cases RIGHT NOW. Taking meeting and a picture with people who have a case and argument pending in front of you would be unacceptable for any other court in the land.

But the Supreme Court operates under no ethics rules. John Roberts occasionally makes noises about issuing some, but he hasn’t. And I suspect the reason is that any reasonable rules would proscribe the behavior of his colleagues like Kavanaugh, Alito, and Clarence Thomas. Thomas, along with his wife Ginni, spend so much time promoting right-wing causes and groups that nearly any code of “ethics” would force Thomas to recuse himself from half of the Court’s docket.

And so NOM gets to have its little photo op and meeting with Alito and Kavanaugh who are mulling over the future of Title VII right now. You don’t have to wonder what NOM might have wanted to talk about. Again, they have a BRIEF BEFORE THE COURT right now:

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Elie Mystal is the Executive Editor of Above the Law and a contributor at The Nation. He can be reached @ElieNYC on Twitter, or at elie@abovethelaw.com. He will resist.

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mahatmakanejeeves Oct 31 OP
Thomas Hurt Oct 31 #1
mahatmakanejeeves Nov 1 #2
SharonAnn Nov 5 #3
Mruttio Nov 6 #4
gopiscrap Nov 6 #5
Mruttio Nov 7 #6
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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 02:35 PM

2. What Were They Thinking? Justices Again Fail a Basic Ethics Test

Just imagine the stink from the right if Justices Kagan and Breyer were to have met with a group filing an amicus brief on the other side of this Title VII case, like the brief @JoshuaMatz8and I submitted on behalf of a number of scholars!



What Were They Thinking? Justices Again Fail a Basic Ethics Test
OCTOBER 31, 2019

Fix the Court asks the justices to explain recent appearances with individuals, institutions who’ve submitted “friend of the court” briefs

Questions of ethics have reemerged at the Supreme Court this week as Fix the Court has learned that Justices Samuel Alito and Brett Kavanaugh met Tuesday with the head of a group that submitted an amicus brief for the term’s most highly contested, and still open, cases.

In response, FTC is asking the court either to withdraw the brief or issue a statement addressing why the justices may continue to sit on the cases given the standard in federal law that a “justice […] shall disqualify himself in any proceeding in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned.”



This past spring the court agreed to hear Bostock v. Clayton County (17-1618), Altitude Express v. Zarda (17-1623) and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC (18-107) on whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination against gay, lesbian and transgender people. On Aug. 22, the National Organization for Marriage submitted an amicus brief for all three cases in which the organization called the fired LGBT employees’ claims “a radical expansion of basic civil rights laws.”

Arguments took place on Oct. 8. This week, with the cases unresolved, NOM President Brian Brown (far right) met with Alito and Kavanaugh.

“It’s ethical lapses like this that doom the public’s trust of the Supreme Court – and rightly so,” FTC’s Gabe Roth said. “How can the average American believe that the justices will render an impartial decision when at least two of the nine are meeting with individuals with a clear view on how the term’s largest cases should turn out? What were the justices thinking?”

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Tue Nov 5, 2019, 06:58 PM

3. Opus Dei again. Alito. Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas, Princess Gloria Thurn und Taxis

"There's a rumor that Gloria is a member of Opus Dei ... Gloria and Allesandra are friends and royal representatives of Pope Ratzinger, a big supporter of Opus Dei?

And, of course, William Barr.

These are very frightening people.

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Response to SharonAnn (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 04:48 AM

4. Regarding Gloria Thurn und Taxis.

You may know this but many Non-Germans probably don't. Despite her vicious racism and homophobia she was just recently invited and showed up as a celebrity guest in a German Quiz show. Disturbing to say the least that the show runners even considered her as acceptable for the show and then followed through with getting her on the format.

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Wed Nov 6, 2019, 11:11 PM

5. welcome to DU

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Response to gopiscrap (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 04:04 AM

6. Thank you very much.

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Response to Mruttio (Reply #6)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 03:07 PM

7. You're welcome

hope you enjoy yourself here!!

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