In anticipation of President Obama nominating a successor to Justice Antonin Scalia in the coming days, Fix the Court is releasing online the annual financial disclosure reports of individuals who have been named as prospective Supreme Court candidates.
In November FTC requested from the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts the most recently available reports (i.e., 2014) of 11 sitting federal judges and obtained them in February by paper at a cost of $0.20 per page. As expected, a number of seemingly innocuous details – like how Jane Kelly obtained 70 new stock holdings last year (marriage? divorce?) and the identity of Sri Srinivasan’s $570 gift from “India Abroad” – were redacted.
As FTC does with the similarly obtained disclosures of Supreme Court justices, the potential nominee reports have been placed online, free to the public, below and at FixTheCourt.com/NomineeDisclosures.
“There’s no reason the public should have to go through an unnecessary series of steps to obtain the financial disclosure reports of public officials, whether they be serving on the Supreme Court or as circuit judges hoping to be on the high court one day,” FTC executive director Gabe Roth said. “Distributing judges’ disclosures by paper is yet another way in which the federal judiciary demonstrates its baffling, yet easily reversible, rejection of modernity.”
Possible Obama administration nominees:
– Judge Sri Srinivasan, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals
– Judge Jane Kelly, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
– Judge Paul Watford, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
– Judge Nina Pillard, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals
– Judge Patricia Millett, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals
Possible nominees in a Trump, Cruz, Rubio or Kasich administration:
– Judge Steven Colloton, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
– Judge Neil Gorsuch, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
– Judge Brett Kavanaugh, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals
– Judge William Pryor, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
– Judge Jeffrey Sutton, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
– Judge Diane Sykes, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Also in November FTC requested the most recent disclosure of former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement but was told by the U.S. Department of Justice, “We do not have a report for Mr. Clement [since] financial disclosure reports have a six-year retention period.” Clement’s final year of government service was 2008.
Finally, on March 4 FTC requested the disclosures of nine other individuals mentioned as possible nominees:
– Chief Judge Merrick Garland, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals
– Judge Robert Wilkins, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals
– Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson, D.C. District Court
– Judge David Barron, First Circuit Court of Appeals
– Judge Raymond Lahier, Second Circuit Court of Appeals
– Judge Cheryl Krause, Third Circuit Court of Appeals
– Judge Gregg Costa, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
– Judge Jacqueline Nguyen, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
– Judge Adalberto Jordan, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
FTC will makes these available online as soon as they are released by the Administrative Office.