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Stonewalling, Leaks, and Counter-Leaks: Scotus Ethics in the Wake of NFIB v. Sebelius

18 Pages Posted: 17 Oct 2012  

Date Written: September 10, 2012

Abstract

The United States Supreme Court is the only court in the United States without a clearly defined ethics code. In the wake of the controversy over possible leaks from justices’ chambers following the decision in NFIB v. Sebelius, and in light of legislation recently introduced in Congress, this paper suggests two reforms for the Supreme Court. First, the time has finally come for the Court to adopt a comprehensive Code of Conduct. Second, the Court should alter its current recusal practice – in which decisions are made exclusively by individual justices – and instead resolve disqualification motions by a vote of the full court.

Keywords: SCOTUS, recusal, disqualification of judges, judicial ethics

JEL Classification: K10, K40

Suggested Citation

Lubet, Steven and Diegel, Clare, Stonewalling, Leaks, and Counter-Leaks: Scotus Ethics in the Wake of NFIB v. Sebelius (September 10, 2012). Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 12-23. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2144934

Steven Lubet (Contact Author)

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Clare Diegel

Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law ( email )

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Chicago, IL 60611
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