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The Washington Stand: Supreme Court Releases Ethics Statement to Combat Media Smears

This article was written by Josh Arnold and published in The Washington Stand.

All nine Supreme Court justices signed a Code of Conduct included in a 15-page statement the court released Monday. The statement responds to a well-funded, coordinated left-wing smear campaign that has aimed to discredit the court — or at least its most conservative members — by manufacturing apparent corruption scandals. The court’s critics remain unmollified.

According to the Code of Conduct, divided into five canons, justices “should respect and comply with the law.” They “should not allow family, social, political, financial, or other relationships to influence official conduct or judgment.” They “should not be swayed by partisan interests, public clamor, or fear of criticism.” These are a sample of pages of requirements placed upon a judge’s behavior.

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