Fix the Court has sent a Freedom of Information Act request to the U.S. Marshals Service asking when the justices were accompanied by marshals on their excursions outside of Washington during 2015.
There is a lot of information about the court and its members that is hidden from the public, with one of the most secretive aspects being the frequent trips the justices take to far-off locales – sometimes on the taxpayers’ dime, at other times at the expense of very wealthy individuals.
Though the Supreme Court is not subject to FOIA, USMS is part of the U.S. Department of Justice, which is.
While the justices are required to list the trips for which they’ve been reimbursed on their annual financial disclosure reports, there’s no oversight body within the judiciary that ensures the justices are being forthcoming in their reports by listing all of their travel.
We’re hoping the resulting data from USMS may shed some light on where the justices are heading – and who is footing the bill.
(At right: Justice Clarence Thomas and wife Ginny arriving at Antonin Scalia’s funeral accompanied by U.S. marshals.)