Court Admits Conduct Code ‘Not New’ – Just Codifies Existing Rules, Unlikely To End Flap

  • The Supreme Court on Monday issuing a code of conduct for itself for the first time.
  • But lost in the breaking news is the high court’s concession the rules are “not new” and merely restate the principles justices have long followed.
  • The announcement said the justices hoped the code would “dispel this misunderstanding” that they “regard themselves as unrestricted by any ethics rules,” but it’s unlikely to end the concerns about some of the justices’ unreported gifts and vacations.
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee pauses its pursuit of passing a code of conduct, but whether the high court’s announcement Monday will satisfy panel members remains unclear.


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