Professors ask Congress for an ethics code for Supreme Court
A group of more than a hundred law professors from around the country has asked Congress to extend an ethical code of conduct to the Supreme Court for the first time and clarify when individual justices should step away from specific legal cases.
The group’s appeal on Wednesday in a letter to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees comes after recent controversies involving travel and appearances at political events by several Supreme Court justices, including Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia. Rep. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said he plans to introduce legislation that addresses the issue.
Thomas and Scalia have been criticized by a public interest group for attending private political meetings sponsored in January 2007 and 2008 by David and Charles Koch, conservative billionaires who made large contributions during last year’s election and have financially backed the tea party movement.
COMMENT: If you have questions about their intergrity, maybe they shouldn’t be supreme court justices? And you should have stopped their appointments.