The Supreme Court on Monday issued a new “code of conduct” after months of heightened scrutiny by Democrats in the Senate judiciary to push for new ethics rules for the Supreme Court.
“The undersigned justices issue this Code of Conduct to succinctly set forth and bring together in one place the ethical rules and principles that guide the conduct of members of the Court,” Monday’s announcement said.
“For the most part these rules and principles are not new: the Court has long had the equivalent of a common law code of ethics, that is, a body of rules drawn from a variety of sources, including statutory provisions, and code that applies to others,” the statement said. : “Members of the Federal Judiciary, Judicial Conference Committee Ethics Advisory Opinions on Codes of Conduct, and Historical Practices.”
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“However, the absence of a Code in recent years has given rise to a misunderstanding that the judges of this Court, unlike all other jurists in this country, consider themselves not bound by any ethical rules. To dispel this misunderstanding, we issue this ‘Code which stands for “is largely a codification of the principles we have long held to govern our conduct.”