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Statement on Chief Justice Roberts' Missed Recusal

Fix the Court executive director Gabe Roth issued this statement following news that Chief Justice Roberts would no longer be participating in Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp., a case whose oral argument he presided over in December:

This is the third instance in the last 15 months in which a justice initially missed a stock conflict and failed to recuse himself from a case as required by law. Why is it so hard for the Supreme Court to get this right?

These episodes of missed conflicts underscore our position that none of the justices should hold individual stocks. Instead, the three who do (Roberts, Breyer and Alito) should focus their investing solely on the types of financial instruments – like retirement funds and bonds – that will not further erode the confidence in their impartiality.

Other times in which the justices failed to recuse because of a missed stock conflict:
– Justice Breyer, Johnson Controls stock (occurred 10/14/15, reported 10/15/15)
– Chief Justice Roberts, Texas Instruments stock (occurred 10/5/15, reported 12/18/15)
– Justice Alito, Disney stock (occurred 11/4/08; reported 5/31/11)

Tell the Supreme Court: Dump Your Stocks!

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