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To: U.S. Congress

We need a REAL Supreme Court code of conduct

The Supreme Court’s new “code of conduct” falls short of what we need. We demand REAL, enforceable ethics standards now.

Congress must pass the Supreme Court Ethics, Recusal, and Transparency Act and create the strongest possible code of conduct for our highest court.

Why is this important?

The Supreme Court has finally adopted a code of conduct – after more than 100,000 Common Cause members demanded one following countless ethical violations from Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

The bad news: the code the Court proposed isn’t binding or enforceable in any way – meaning it likely wouldn’t have prevented these major scandals, and the Supreme Court would still get to be both judge and jury when scandals among justices arise.

But here’s the good news: this is the clearest sign yet that our action is working. We’ve been watchdogging the Supreme Court ever since we first broke news of Justice Thomas covering up his personal finances – and today’s announcement is a clear sign the Court is on notice. [1]

Let’s face it, trusting the Supreme Court to operate under the 'honor system' is what got us into this mess. The half-measure the Court is proposing is no substitute for binding, enforceable congressional action.

If you agree the highest court in the land should be held to the highest ethical standards, sign our petition urging Congress to pass a stronger, binding code of conduct.





2024-05-29 17:57:02 -0400

100 signatures reached

2024-02-01 14:01:57 -0500

50 signatures reached

2023-12-04 02:00:32 -0500

25 signatures reached

2023-11-25 09:58:37 -0500

10 signatures reached