Fix the Court is asking those concerned with the future of the Supreme Court to send a questionnaire to their U.S. senators in hopes they make questions about media access, term limits, conflicts of interest, financial disclosures and ethics a standard part of the nomination process – whether or not the Merrick Garland selection moves forward.
Fix the Court has even sent the questionnaire to Judge Garland’s office in case his nomination progresses at some point.
FTC’s questions are as follows:
1. If confirmed, would you pledge to serve a fixed term on the Supreme Court?
2. As Chief Judge of the D.C. Circuit, you instituted a policy in 2013 in which audio files of oral arguments were to be placed online the same day a hearing occurred. If confirmed, would you urge your colleagues to establish a similar same-day audio policy for the Supreme Court? Do you support a live-audio policy for oral argument?
3. You own shares in a number of publicly traded companies, including Pfizer, GE and Procter & Gamble. In order to avoid unnecessary recusals should certain business cases reach the high court, would you divest from shares of individual stocks like these if you were confirmed to the Supreme Court? Further, would you consider creating a blind trust to manage your investments much like many presidents and members of Congress have done?
4. The information in the previous question was gleaned from your annual financial disclosure reports, which Fix the Court obtained by paper and for a fee. If confirmed to the Supreme Court, would you opt to place your disclosure reports online, and would you encourage your colleagues to do the same
5. As a federal judge, you are currently required to abide by the Code of Conduct for U.S. Judges. Though the code would no longer binding on you if you were confirmed to the Supreme Court, would you pledge to continue to follow it?