Chief Justice Roberts: The Supreme Court ‘Does Not Plan To Adopt’ Formal Ethics Rules

In the wake of multiple ethics scandals involving the Supreme Court’s most conservative members — including a major gifting scandal involving Justice Clarence Thomas that closely resembles the events that forced Justice Abe Fortas to resign four decades ago — five senators wrote to Chief Justice Roberts last week asking if the Supreme Court would adopt the same code of conduct that applies to all other federal judges. Yesterday, Roberts’ response was released to the public: “the Court does not plan to adopt the Code of Conduct for United States Judges through a formal resolution.”