Ahead of tomorrow’s markup of the SCOTUS ethics bill in the Senate Judiciary Committee, we’re sharing some resources that might be of interest:
1. A New York magazine-style “approval matrix” chronicling the scandalous and not-so-scandalous SCOTUS revelations of the last year: above and at this link
2. A letter sent yesterday by POGO, Free Law Project and FTC to Senate Judiciary Republicans asking them to work with Committee Democrats, as they did a year ago, to support the various bipartisan provisions in the bill: link
3. A list of the (very minor) changes to SCOTUS ethics practices this year: link
4. An updated list of SCOTUS ethics lapses since FTC’s founding: link
Statement from FTC’s Gabe Roth:
“We’re far past the point where a Supreme Court ethics code is enough to fix what ails the institution. We need new gift and travel rules, a process for filing complaints against the justices and more transparency around recusals. Republicans have within the last five years supported these reforms — their base continues to support them in poll after poll — and tomorrow’s expected opposition will only push GOP lawmakers further from mainstream America.
“The Court has lost its moral compass — and has dug in its heels. Comprehensive ethics legislation appears to be the only way to put it back on the right track.”