Wednesday, March 16, 2016
From Bloomberg Views:
Although justices are not above the law, they have exempted themselves from the code of conduct that applies to all other federal judges. When lower-court judges face a motion to step aside owing to a possible conflict of interest, other judges settle the question. Justices on the Supreme Court, however, get to decide questions about their own impartiality by themselves, sometimes arriving at dubious conclusions.
You can read the rest of the editorial here. It points out how flexible the disclosure laws are for SCOTUS Justices. For example:
A recent analysis of their travel showed that from 2004 to 2014, justices took more than 1,000 trips paid for by outside groups. But the rules regarding disclosure are unclear. Scalia may not have been required to disclose his free stay at the Texas resort in a suite that starts at $700 a night, for example, because exceptions are made for “personal hospitality” provided by a property owner. Even if properly disclosed, justices need provide few details about the nature of their paid trips.