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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Jesse Wegman: In 1969, Justice Abe Fortas resigned his seat for accepting a $20,000 consulting fee (which he returned) from a foundation led by a man who was convicted of securities fraud. That sort of humility is nowhere in evidence on today's court, which is finding new ways to embarrass itself, thanks largely to the brazen behavior of two of its most senior members, Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas, who are making a mockery of their obligation to at least appear neutral and independent.



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They fail to report large gifts, luxury vacations and payments to their family members by wealthy donors, at least one of whom had business before the court, and they express nakedly partisan opinions or fail to adequately distance themselves when their spouses express such views.

They are saying, in effect, that they don't care if any of this bothers you. To go by recent polls showing that this court's public approval has approached record lows, it bothers many millions of Americans. And yet no one in Washington seems willing to act.

It can't go on. The court's refusal to police itself, willingly allowing a few justices to trample on its reputation, demands that Congress step up and take far stronger action to enforce judicial ethics, and to require justices to recuse themselves when they have or appear to have clear conflicts of interest.

The fact is that publicly it appears that Chief Justice Roberts nor Justices Alito and Thomas don't see a problem with all the non-reported expensive gifts they take and partisanly biased relationships and speeches they have and give. Historically, such naked bias would result in case recusals if not resignations, as Fortas showed in 1969. And to some, both Thomas and Alito are openly breaking the very law they're supposed to arbitrate.
As all justices are aware, federal recusal law is clear: "Any justice, judge, or magistrate judge of the United States shall disqualify himself in any proceeding in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned."

In the Jan. 6 cases, recusal should not be a close call. At the least, reasonable people are justified in questioning Justice Alito's impartiality based on his failure to take down the inverted flag, especially during a period of intense national conflict over an issue that was at that very moment before the justices.

Justice Thomas's extreme closeness with his wife (he has described them as being melded "into one being") raises similar doubts about his ability to be impartial. He is further implicated by a separate provision of the law, which requires a judge to recuse when his or her spouse is "to the judge's knowledge likely to be a material witness in the proceeding." That sure sounds like Ginni Thomas, who testified, under threat of a subpoena, before the House Jan. 6 committee.

In short, Justices Alito and Thomas appear to be breaking federal law, tanking what remains of the court's legitimacy in the process. The challenge is whether anyone is willing to do anything about it.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2024-05-21 11:02 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

Shame is for mortals.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2024-05-21 11:04 AM | Reply

Everything the GOPer goobers touch ends up smelling like Old Spice and horse manure. The Supreme Court - it's solidly the feckless court of the foolish John Roberts now (enjoy that rotten legacy) - is not an exception. It smells worse than the old Chicago Stockyards at noon in July.

#3 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2024-05-21 11:45 AM | Reply

Hopefully a second Biden win over Mafia Don will result in the effort to expand the SC with a few more Justices.... ones that have the American People at heart, not their pocketbooks and their political pals.

There's precedence and there's opportunity to do so.

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2024-05-21 11:50 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Alito, Gorsuch, Keggenaugh, Comey, Thomas and Roberts all are on the take.

Some not so much as Alito and Thomas, but they all are.

Roberts wife works as a consultant for companies with cases in front of the court.

Gorsuch and Comey have financial relationships with people with cases in front of the court.

Keggenaugh has so many skeletons in his closet (his mortgage, gambling debt and sports tickets all paid by anonymous donors).

Alito and Thomas taking MILLIONS in luxury vacations from plaintiffs.

But hey, they passed an "ethics standards" of course with no penalties for violations.

#5 | Posted by Nixon at 2024-05-21 12:26 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

Millions in cash overcome shame every time.

#6 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2024-05-21 05:01 PM | Reply

Remember when we told you to vote for and support Hillary?

This is why.

We are now telling you the ---- is out of the donkey, this is America for the next 2 to 3 decades.

God forbid, ----ler wins again, it could be 3 to 5 decades.

Our children will pay for our sins.

Reelecting Biden MIGHT stave this off for a few years.


If ----ler wins reelection, by 2028 he will have put 5 of the 9 justices on the SC, only 1 of which will be under the age of 60.

----ler's stink will infect our country for decades.

But Hillary's emails.

#7 | Posted by truthhurts at 2024-05-21 05:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 7

Are We still a Beacon of light in The Darkness of a cruel world?

Exceptional In All the Best Ways?

The last Hope of Mankind?...

#8 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2024-05-21 06:02 PM | Reply

Are We still a Beacon of light in The Darkness of a cruel world?

Exceptional In All the Best Ways?

The last Hope of Mankind?...

#9 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2024-05-21 06:02 PM | Reply

@#8 ... Are We still a Beacon of light in The Darkness of a cruel world? ...

"We" ???

#10 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-05-21 08:02 PM | Reply

Sir, have you no shame? Nyet.

#11 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2024-05-21 08:50 PM | Reply

Supreme Court Justices with their lifetime appointments bring the flawed charactes they displayed in lesser positions and we expect them to behave more ethically aft Perhaps we should behey lie their way through Senate approval hearings? Thet's ridiculous; we knew who Clarence Thomas was and what he was when he was appointed; He was then and still is a political and financial gain.Perhaps we should ne questioning the approval process, the appointnent process and the monumental challenge it is to remove such an obvious grifter from the court. Fix the ptocess; fix the court

#12 | Posted by danni at 2024-05-22 08:31 AM | Reply

The modern Supreme Court is a partisan superlegislature with almost no check on its power. Its composition is almost a complete roll of the dice, and the views of its current majority are grossly out of step with those of the general public. If you could design a functional democracy from scratch, you wouldn't do it this way.

#13 | Posted by JOE at 2024-05-22 09:39 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

So are you including the liberal justices here because I'm having a hard time seeing split decisions over the past couple of years.

#14 | Posted by fishpaw at 2024-05-22 10:20 AM | Reply

And btw, RBG was in agreement that RvW should be left to the states.

#15 | Posted by fishpaw at 2024-05-22 10:22 AM | Reply

So are you including the liberal justices here

Yeah, i am. They aren't nearly as ethically challenged as some pf the Republican justices, but they are still results-oriented partisans. Anything else?

#16 | Posted by JOE at 2024-05-22 10:38 AM | Reply

"Are We still a Beacon of light in The Darkness of a cruel world?"


Obviously not you.

We are currently more like a lighthouse.

When the democrats are in charge the bright light of democracy is clearly visible and the ships at sea are safe from crashing into the rocks.

When the Republicans gain control then the dark side of oligarchy faces out and everyone at sea is on their own.

#17 | Posted by donnerboy at 2024-05-22 10:55 AM | Reply

I'm having a hard time seeing

That's understandable with your head so far up trumps ass.

#18 | Posted by Nixon at 2024-05-22 11:17 AM | Reply

Bought and owned they are.
They ought to have to wear
corporate logos on their robes,
to let us know which companies have
paid the most to buy them out...

#19 | Posted by earthmuse at 2024-05-22 11:58 AM | Reply

I'm having a hard time seeing
That's understandable with your head so far up trumps ass.

#18 | POSTED BY NIXON AT 2024-05-22 11:17 AM | FLAG:

Ok, so point them out. Show us all the decisions that were party line splits.

#20 | Posted by fishpaw at 2024-05-22 01:30 PM | Reply

Ok, so point them out. Show us all the decisions that were party line splits.


If you insist...

73 cases for your review:

#21 | Posted by Sycophant at 2024-05-22 03:45 PM | Reply

Alito did nothing wrong....regardless of lies from any of you.

--It's another attempt by leftist-dogma KLAN radical zealots to intimidate court justices
into progressive rulings.

Schumer tried it and it didn't work.

The good news is your little echo chamber here is a small part of a small voice

regardless of how loud your prevaricated roar sounds to you while getting you aroused.

It would have gone away as fast as trans murdering old men and children disappeared

if not for the democrat legacy media whores.

#22 | Posted by shrimptacodan at 2024-05-22 05:10 PM | Reply

and I get a kick out of reading the slobbering "malarkey" about justices being called out

to recuse themselves on issues they've spoken on.

when Sontamayor wrote opinion articles and spoke at fund raisers on abortion....and I read nothing.

--2 faced hypocrites.

#23 | Posted by shrimptacodan at 2024-05-22 05:14 PM | Reply

Alito the insurrectionist turd flew anorher J6 flag at his summer home. There's no doubt that he cheered as his fellow MAGAts snuffed out 5 DC cops.

#24 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2024-05-22 05:31 PM | Reply

#24 That should be good for another 50 posts from the disgraced homicide investigator.

#25 | Posted by snoofy at 2024-05-22 05:32 PM | Reply

"I read nothing"

Which is why you know nothing.


#26 | Posted by donnerboy at 2024-05-23 10:39 AM | Reply

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