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*Take Action* Apply the Code of Conduct for United States Judges to the Supreme Court


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Kit
- 462 days ago - org.credoaction.com
With members of the Supreme Court having engaged in ethically dubious behavior in recent years, now is the time to apply a binding code of conduct and restore accountability and transparency to the highest court in the land.



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Kit B. (276)
Monday June 17, 2013, 7:30 am
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Body of Petition:



Apply the Code of Conduct for United States Judges to the Supreme Court

To: Chief Justice John Roberts, United States Supreme Court

With members of the Supreme Court having engaged in ethically dubious behavior in recent years, now is the time to apply a binding code of conduct and restore accountability and transparency to the highest court in the land.

Chief Justice John Roberts should apply the Code of Conduct for United States Judges, which already applies to every other federal judge in the nation, to the members of the United States Supreme Court.

Why is this important?
Last week it was reported that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia doesn't believe in molecular biology. He also seems to doubt the need for a transparent, accountable and impartial Supreme Court. Earlier this month, we learned that Justice Scalia has once again met with a conservative political group behind closed doors.

On his annual financial disclosure form, Justice Scalia reported that late last year he accepted an all-expenses paid trip to meet with the shadowy conservative group “Friends of Abe.”

Friends of Abe has been described as “the most important source of underground political activism in Hollywood today.” The secretive group has hosted Republican politicians such as Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan, and even held a fundraiser in 2010 for Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina.

No member of the Supreme Court should be meeting behind closed doors with powerful political organizations that seek to change our nation’s laws. That's why today I'm launching a petition that calls on the Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to adopt a binding code of conduct.

The Code of Conduct for United States Judges declares that “a judge should not make speeches for a political organization or candidate.”

Yet while every other federal judge is bound by this code, the Supreme Court has exempted itself from these commonsense rules.

Soon, I'll be introducing legislation in Congress to apply the Code of Conduct to the Supreme Court. Together with this petition, we can show Justice Roberts that we're dedicated to restoring accountability and transparency to the highest court in the land.

In recent years, Justice Scalia has attended similar meetings with conservative political activists Charles and David Koch, raising questions about the Supreme Court’s ability to be impartial and transparent in major cases that come before the court.

Justice Scalia is not alone. Justice Clarence Thomas has also attended right-wing fundraisers by the Koch brothers. What's more, Justice Thomas's wife has advertised herself as a lobbyist who has "experience and connections" to conservative groups that have an explicit agenda to overturn health care reform — by repeal in Congress or by overturning the law in the courts.

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.

REFERENCES

http://gawker.com/antonin-scalia-does-not-believe-in-molecular-biology-513125290
http://www.commonblog.com/2013/06/07/scalias-speech-to-secretive-hollywood-political-organization-raises-questions/
http://www.commoncause.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=dkLNK1MQIwG&b=4773613&ct=13176509
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0211/48812.html
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Please sign and share - thank you
 

Arielle S. (317)
Monday June 17, 2013, 7:58 am
Absolutely signed!
 

JL A. (275)
Monday June 17, 2013, 9:02 am
Two minds with but a single thought...signed earlier, noted now
 

Sue H. (7)
Monday June 17, 2013, 9:15 am
Noted and absolutely signed, thanks.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday June 17, 2013, 9:43 am
S & S on FB, TU Kit
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Monday June 17, 2013, 9:48 am
Done. All judges should be accountable and prosecutable under the very same laws that apply to every citizen.
 

Pat B. (354)
Monday June 17, 2013, 10:12 am
Ditto, they should be held accountable for their actions. Thank you, Kit, signed.!
 

Elle B. (82)
Monday June 17, 2013, 10:16 am
Ty Kit ... n~s~s Notice that it is the Reagan Bush nominees who don't have a clue and behave so badly. . .the GOP put the US Supreme Court in the gutter like they have with every other governing body in the nation. . .what a bunch of supreme misfits--goons in gowns [the Reagan Bush appointments. . .]

“I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance.” ― Reuben Blades

“A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one.” ― Benjamin Franklin

"Strange as it seems, no amount of learning can cure stupidity, and higher education positively fortifies it."
― Stephen Vizinczey
 

Terrie Williams (770)
Monday June 17, 2013, 11:40 am
Signeand sh private email, noted. Thanks Kit.
 

Terrie Williams (770)
Monday June 17, 2013, 11:41 am
Holy Batcrap, that came out all jumbled. Sorry. That's signed and shared in private email. Puter is acting up badly today.
 

Val R. (243)
Monday June 17, 2013, 12:17 pm
Gladly signed and shared.
 

Angelika R. (143)
Monday June 17, 2013, 12:37 pm
..as commented on JL's post, thx.
 

James E. (16)
Monday June 17, 2013, 12:38 pm
Signed, and appalled that the code does not already apply to them.
 

Jude Hand (59)
Monday June 17, 2013, 12:48 pm
N, S
 

Debbie G. (314)
Monday June 17, 2013, 12:54 pm
Signed, and I am also appalled that the code is not already applied to them.
 

Mary Alexander (23)
Monday June 17, 2013, 2:12 pm
I signed and this should have always had to follow this code. I am very concerned about this court.
 

Dianna M. (13)
Monday June 17, 2013, 2:41 pm
. . . because 'self-regulation' is working out as well for them as it is for Wall Street, isn't it?
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (273)
Monday June 17, 2013, 4:03 pm
So Signed
 

Lois Jordan (56)
Monday June 17, 2013, 5:06 pm
Signed & noted. Many thanks, Kit.
 

Charlie Rush (54)
Monday June 17, 2013, 5:16 pm
It can't come too soon, to suit me.

Asking Justice Scalia to judge in a non-partisan manner, is like asking to Earth to stop spinning.
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Monday June 17, 2013, 5:39 pm
Signed
 

Robert B. (57)
Monday June 17, 2013, 6:08 pm
This is unbelievable that the Highest court in the land is not held to the highest standards.
 

Robert B. (57)
Monday June 17, 2013, 6:12 pm
I have reported one comment here as abusive. Difference of opinion is welcome but NOT ABUSIVE NAME CALLING.
 

Dori C. (17)
Monday June 17, 2013, 6:18 pm
s/n
 

Birgit W. (144)
Monday June 17, 2013, 7:40 pm
Noted.
 

Esther Z. (101)
Monday June 17, 2013, 8:23 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks, Kit.
 

Rhonda lawford (4)
Monday June 17, 2013, 8:25 pm
One would think we would not have to ask for this. Signed for sure
 

Edith B. (141)
Monday June 17, 2013, 9:40 pm
Signed and shared on Facebook
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (385)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 12:24 am
Noted and signed. Thanks Kit.
 

Candy L. (478)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 1:09 am
Signed & Tweeted, Thanks
 

Beverly M. (85)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 1:22 am
I don't understand why this code would be binding for a federal judge but not the Supreme Court ~ happily noted and signed. Thank you Kit!
 

Dave C. (214)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 5:41 am
done, thanks.
 

Emma S. (227)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 7:32 am
Done! Thanks, Kit.
 

Ben Oscarsito (337)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 9:48 am
Done! (I'm not a US resident, but I'm making this my business...OK?)
 

Constance F. (433)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 1:57 pm
Thank you for posting.
Thanks for signing!
 

Pamylle G. (461)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 8:45 am
Already signed - but so glad to see it here to get more signatures !
 

Kathleen R. (138)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 9:48 am
signed, noted & shared
 

Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 9:53 am
Noted, signed, twittered and google shared. Thanks Kit.
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Friday June 21, 2013, 7:32 am
S&N Can't believe this crap!
 

ER C. (65)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 8:42 pm
SIGNED & SHARED
 

Melania Padilla (179)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 2:13 pm
ncrease your impact by asking your friends and family to sign.
 

BA R. (6)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 11:10 pm
SIGNED
 
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