Tell Chief Justice Roberts: Adopt the Code of Conduct for Judges
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Tell Chief Justice Roberts: Adopt the Code of Conduct for Judges

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Earlier this week, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts announced that he would not adopt a set of binding ethical guidelines for justices who serve on the Supreme Court.

Currently, justices on the highest court in the United States have no obligation to adhere the judicial Code of Conduct that every other judge in the country must abide by.

As the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Roberts has the ability to begin the process of adopting the Code of Conduct--but he refuses to do so, despite widespread concern about the impartiality of the Court.

When Supreme Court justices are attending fundraisers and strategy sessions for conservative political groups, it's not enough for Chief Justice Roberts to respond to the completely legitimate concern this raises by essentially saying, 'Trust us.'

Tell Chief Justice Roberts: Adopt the Code of Conduct for Judges.

Justice Roberts says that the justices on the Supreme Court use the Code of Conduct as a guide, but justices like Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia regularly engage in activities that, if the justices actually followed the Code of Conduct, would be blatant violations.

Both have attended right-wing fundraisers by the Koch brothers. And both justices were honored at a benefit put on by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and the same law firm that is challenging the constitutionality of the new health care law that the Supreme Court will rule on in the coming months.

What's more, Justice Thomas's wife has advertised herself as a lobbyist who has "experience and connections" to conservative groups who have an explicit agenda to overturn health care reform -- by repeal in the Congress or overturning the law in the courts.

Justice Roberts is failing in his duty to protect the impartiality of the Court. It is absurd for Justice Roberts to ask the American people to essentially "trust" the justices on the Supreme Court to abide by nonbinding ethics guidelines when there are justices who are clearly already in blatant violation of the rules.

Tell Chief Justice Roberts: Adopt the Code of Conduct for Judges.

Justice Roberts needs to hear from Americans that we want our Supreme Court justices to adhere to the same set of ethical guidelines as every other judge in our country--and that no Supreme Court justice is above the law.

Trust in the Supreme Court is important--their decisions have the potential to affect every American, and for their rulings to be taken seriously, the justices need us to trust in their judgment and rulings.

But if justices like Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia continue to flagrantly compromise the integrity of the Supreme Court, trust in this important body will begin to deteriorate. It's time for Chief Justice Roberts to require justices on the Supreme Court to abide by an ethical code of conduct.

Tell Chief Justice Roberts: Adopt the Code of Conduct for Judges.

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Chief Justice Roberts
Justices on the Supreme Court need to abide by the same judicial Code of Conduct that every other federal judge in America must adhere to.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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