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Ethics complaints against Supreme Court justice under review by judicial committee

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The Committee on Financial Disclosures in the Judicial Conference is reviewing a complaint against Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson for allegedly failing to include her husband’s income in financial disclosures.

Center for Renewing America, a conservative policy group, filed a complaint with the Judicial Conference, alleging that Jackson “willfully failed to disclose” required information about her husband’s malpractice consulting income for more than a decade.

The complaint suggests that the Judicial Conference should refer Jackson’s possible ethics violations to Attorney General Merrick Garland for investigation and possible civil enforcement. (Trending: Trump Prosecutor Accused Of Playing Race Card In Public Address)

Former senior Trump administration official and president of the CRA, Russ Vought, said, “We are hopeful that the Judicial Conference takes a long, hard look at the ethics concerns surrounding Justice Jackson and ensures there is not a double standard for justices.”

“While the Left has made it a sport to attack the character of conservative Supreme Court justices, they’ve turned a blind eye to actual indiscretions and appearances of corruption actively happening,” he continued.

CRA wrote, “source of items of earned income earned by a spouse from any person which exceed $1,000… except… if the spouse is self-employed in business or a profession, only the nature of such business or profession needs be reported.”

The CRA alleged that Jackson “repeatedly failed to disclose that her husband received income from medical malpractice consulting fees.”

“We know this by Justice Jackson’s own admission in her amended disclosure form for 2020, filed when she was nominated to the Supreme Court, that ‘some of my previously filed reports inadvertently omitted’ her husband’s income from ‘consulting on medical malpractice cases,’” the letter continued.

“Jackson has not even attempted to list the years for which her previously filed disclosures omitted her husband’s consulting income. Instead, in her admission of omissions on her 2020 amended disclosure form (filed in 2022), Justice Jackson provided only the vague statement that ‘some’ of those past disclosures contained material omissions,” wrote Vought in the letter.

The letter from the policy group comes as left-wing advocacy groups and Democrats in Congress have criticized conservative Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito for not reporting vacations that were paid for by friends who are also GOP donors.

“The undersigned Justices are promulgating this Code of Conduct to set out succinctly and gather in one place the ethics rules and principles that guide the conduct of the Members of the Court,” wrote the Justices in a joint statement.

“The absence of a Code, however, has led in recent years to the misunderstanding that the Justices of this Court, unlike all other jurists in this country, regard themselves as unrestricted by any ethics rules. To dispel this misunderstanding, we are issuing this Code, which largely represents a codification of principles that we have long regarded as governing our conduct,” they concluded.

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