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Washington Post: "Supreme Court Justices Discussed, But Did Not Agree On, Code of Conduct"

According to Bob Barnes and Ann Marimow of the Washington Post, the nine justices have discussed the possibility of drafting and adopting a formal code of conduct, yet they have “failed to reach consensus” on the text — or even on whether to have one at all, according to the Post‘s sources.

The Post added:

“[The drafting and adoption of a code] remains an active topic at the court […], and the court’s legal counsel Ethan Torrey prepared a working document of issues for them to consider. There is no timeline for the justices to act, however. Those familiar with the matter spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the situation.

“The inertia has frustrated critics, whose demands for reform have intensified. The court’s profile has only increased as a new majority has moved rapidly on a range of polarizing issues. That has also increased scrutiny on the justices, the activities of their spouses and when the court’s members should recuse themselves from cases.”

“‘This is a break-the-glass moment on Supreme Court ethics,’ said Gabe Roth of the group Fix the Court, which has long advocated for greater accountability and transparency at the court. ‘I don’t think an ethics code is a panacea, but I think there is a perception that the justices are not taking their ethical responsibilities seriously enough.'”

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