Supreme Court Offices of Ethics and Investigations Act is critical step toward accountability as ethics crisis at high court grows

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, government watchdog Accountable.US endorsed the Supreme Court Offices of Ethics and Investigations Act, a major bill to establish an Office of Ethics Counsel and an Office of Investigative Counsel within the Court to advise Justices on ethics and probe potential violations. The legislation was introduced in the House by Representative Goldman (D-NY) with co-leads Reps. Hank Johnson (D-GA), Sherrill (D-NJ), and Nadler (D-NY), and several original cosponsors. Following Justice Alito’s apparent ethics violations sparking calls for recusal and bipartisanoutrage, the new legislation is a critical step toward accountability.

There is an existential corruption crisis at the Supreme Court. With brazen new ethics violations surfacing by the day, the Court’s corruption crisis has undermined its credibility and caused public trust to hit record lows. Thanks to the strong leadership of Rep. Goldman, co-leads Reps. Johnson, Sherrill, and Nadler, and their many cosponsors, the Supreme Court Ethics and Investigations Act is a critical step toward restoring integrity to our high court — ultimately ensuring our Court serves everyday Americans, not justices’ wealthy pals and special interests.”

Accountable.US president Caroline Ciccone

The Supreme Court Offices of Ethics and Investigations Act would establish an Office of Ethics Counsel within the Court to advise Justices on ethical matters, and put in place an Office of Investigative Counsel to probe potential instances of ethical misconduct by Justices. The bill comes as the Supreme Court corruption crisis has grown with recent improprieties by Justice Alito, sparking calls for recusal.

Accountable.US has also endorsed the Judicial Ethics Enforcement Act, introduced by Rep. Stansbury to create an independent Office of the Inspector General within the judicial branch. Similarly, Accountable.US endorsed Sen. Whitehouse (D-RI) and Rep. Hank Johnson’s (D-GA) Supreme Court Ethics Recusal and Transparency Act (SCERT Act), which would create a new code of conduct, set more concrete rules for recusal, create a new investigatory board, and increase transparency in instances with potential conflicts of interest.

 

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