SCOTUS Justices Decline Ethics Oversight

All nine joined in a rare statement. 

The nine justices of the Supreme Court issued a statement “provide clarity to the bar and to the public on how the Justices address certain recurring issues and also seeks to dispel some common misconceptions” after an attempt by some in the Senate to implement measures that would give federal legislators oversight of the high court. 

The justices addressed recent threats following the Dobbs decision, including an attempt to assassinate up to three conservatives on the court. 

“A word is necessary concerning security. Judges at all levels face increased threats to personal safety,” the letter said. “These threats are magnified with respect to Members of the Supreme Court, given the higher profile of the matters they address. Recent episodes confirm that such dangers are not merely hypothetical. Security issues are addressed by the Supreme Court Police, United States Marshals, state and local law enforcement, and other authorities. Matters considered here concerning issues such as travel, accommodations, and disclosure may at times have to take into account security guidance.” 

Chief Justice John Roberts had earlier declined an “invitation” issued by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin of Illinois to attend a hearing on Supreme Court ethics. “Testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee by the Chief Justice of the United States is exceedingly rare, as one might expect in light of separation of powers concerns and the importance of preserving judicial independence,” Chief Justice Roberts said.  

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for the justices of the Supreme Court as they address security threats.
  • For members of the Senate as they voice ethics concerns in the high court.

Sources: CNN, Daily Wire


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