Amy Coney Barrett Voices Support for SCOTUS Ethics Code Proposal

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( – On Monday, Justice Amy Coney Barrett stated that introducing an ethics code for the U.S. Supreme Court was a good idea.

According to a recent survey, the trust of the American public in the court has reached a five-decade low following the court’s recent divisive rulings and the growing information about the Justice not disclosing gifts and trips they have received. A number of recent reports have also resulted in an increasing number of ethical concerns.

According to an Axios report, the U.S. Supreme Court is the only part of the federal judiciary that does not have to follow an official ethics code.

During an appearance at the University of Minnesota Law School, Barrett discussed the possibility of an ethics code for justices being introduced. During the event, Barret discussed with former chief operating officer of the American Bar Association and longtime law professor Robert Stein in front of an auditorium of over 2,600 people several issues regarding the Supreme Court, including her support for introducing a possible ethics code. As she stated, it would be a “good idea” to have an ethics code as it would also allow them to inform the public of exactly what the court was doing.

She added that the nine justices in the Supreme Court are all committed to having “high standards of ethical conduct.” Still, she did not expand on what the code could include nor offer a timeline for its possible introduction.

Liberals have been pushing for an ethics code following the recent reports regarding the undisclosed business activities and gifts of Justices Neil Gorsuch, Samuel Alito, and Clarence Thomas.

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