In a rare statement sent to the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee recently, all nine justices asserted that they are above the ethics rules that every other federal judge must follow. But just because the justices hold a unique position, that does not mean they’re beyond reproach.
Justices are just as beholden to the people as any other federal civil servant. They’re answerable to us.
For years, we’ve made the point that the Supreme Court is long overdue for a code of ethics. Without one, brazen misconduct will continue to go unanswered, and irreparable harm will be done to the public’s faith in the Supreme Court.