WASHINGTON–U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Monday released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s adoption of a binding code of conduct:
“Trust in the Supreme Court is at an all-time low because justices on this increasingly radical Court have seized every opportunity to roll back racial equality, reproductive rights, LGTBQ rights, and more while hiding their conflicts of interest and accepting luxury vacations and trips on private jets. This new code shows the Chief Justice is beginning to understand the seriousness of having a Supreme Court so lacking in credibility and is a good first step toward restoring public confidence. I have introduced legislation every Congress since 2011 to increase transparency and enforce accountability for the Court, and now is the time to pass the Supreme Court Ethics Act to create an enforcement mechanism for this new code of ethics.”
Murphy has introduced legislation to apply a code of conduct to the Supreme Court every Congress since 2011. Most recently, he introduced the Supreme Court Ethics Act, requiring the Judicial Conference of the United States to create a code of ethical conduct for the Supreme Court of the United States. It would also require the appointment of an Ethics Investigations Counsel and require justices to publicly disclose recusal decisions.