So, the Supreme Court finally got the hint that they need to have a code of ethics. Yip yah, right? Well…
The Supreme Court on Monday adopted its first code of ethics, in the face of sustained criticism over undisclosed trips and gifts from wealthy benefactors to some justices, but the code lacks a means of enforcement.
The policy, agreed to by all nine justices, does not appear to impose any significant new requirements and leaves compliance entirely to each justice.
Indeed, the justices said they have long adhered to ethics standards and suggested that criticism of the court over ethics was the product of misunderstanding, rather than any missteps by the justices.
We’re going to have to take them at their word that they’re complying — pinky swears, I suppose — and even if they’re hoarding cash in the basement or taking free Gulfstream flights at the behest of their rich donors who have cases before them, it won’t matter. It’s okay because they’re the Supremes and we should just trust them that they’re above reproach.