Well, Democrats got what they wanted from the Supreme Court… sort of.
After dragging Justice Clarence Thomas’ name through the mud for most of the last year, the court has finally caved.
The court officially adopted a code of ethics, with all nine members of the court signing off.
Still Not Happy
The Code of Conduct that is now in place is basically the same code of conduct that judges on lower courts are beholden to.
In publishing of the new rules was accompanied by a statement from the members of the court.
It read, "The undersigned Justices are promulgating this Code of Conduct to set out succinctly and gather in one place the ethics rules and principles that guide the conduct of the Members of the Court.
"For the most part these rules and principles are not new: The Court has long had the equivalent of common law ethics rules, that is, a body of rules derived from a variety of sources, including statutory provisions, the code that applies to other members of the federal judiciary, ethics advisory opinions issued by the Judicial Conference Committee on Codes of Conduct, and historic practice.
"The absence of a Code, however, has led in recent years to the misunderstanding that the Justices of this Court, unlike all other jurists in this country, regard themselves as unrestricted by any ethics rules. To dispel this misunderstanding, we are issuing this Code, which largely represents a codification of principles that we have long regarded as governing our conduct.”
This comes after a hit piece on Thomas was published in ProPublica. While the report focused on the activity of Thomas, it neglected to look into the behavior of the liberal justices, nor did it call into question the behavior of past court members.
I bring that specifically up because the late Justice Ginsburg had taken a very nice trip on the cuff courtesy of a gentleman who had a matter before the court that was decided in his favor.
Apparently, that is okay as long as you report it properly.
While Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) called it a step in the right direction, most other Democrats and leftist activist groups slammed the new code for not having an enforcement body included in the new policy.
Trust me, though, if the court were 6-3 liberal instead of conservative, none of this would have ever been brought up.
This is nothing more than a concentrated effort by Democrats to both force Thomas to resign as well as undermine the authority of the court. This is how Democrats play when they are not winning the game.