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Stand Up America Urges Congress to Establish a Code of Ethics for America’s Highest Court

APRIL 27, 2022

Anushka Sarkar, [email protected] 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet held a hearing to examine strengthening Americans’ trust in the Supreme Court by enacting reforms around recusals and establishing a code of ethics. A recent poll by Data for Progress showed 81% of voters nationwide support establishing a code of ethics for Supreme Court justices.

Brett Edkins, Managing Director for Policy and Political Affairs, commented on the need for a code of ethics for Supreme Court justices:

“Today’s hearing highlighted why citizens do not have confidence in the Supreme Court. The justices on our nation’s highest Court hide conflicts of interest, evade accountability, and increasingly deliver their decisions in the shadows. Congress must act immediately to hold the Supreme Court to the same standard as other federal courts.

“Republican members’ pathetic defense of Clarence Thomas and the conflicts of interests posed by his wife’s involvement in the January 6 insurrection proved that they are more interested in partisan politicking than in holding judges accountable to a rigorous code of ethics. 

“The Supreme Court’s decisions affect every aspect of American life. We must be able to trust the Court to act with integrity and impartiality.”

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Stand Up America is a progressive advocacy organization with over two million community members across the country. Focused on grassroots advocacy to stand up to corruption and voter suppression and build a more representative democracy, Stand Up America has driven over 1.7 million calls to lawmakers, registered over 100,000 voters, mobilized thousands of protestors, and contacted tens of millions of voters.