For Immediate Release Murphy to Unveil Legislation to Increase Transparency and Accountability at Supreme Court

Posted on March 1, 2011


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Chris Murphy (CT-5) will unveil legislation today at 1 p.m. that would bring greater transparency and accountability to the nation's highest court. In recent months, ethics and conflict of interest questions have been raised about Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas around a decision known as Citizens United, and the justices' involvement with a politically active family -- the Kochs -- that benefitted from that decision.

Murphy's bill would mandate that the Supreme Court justices be held to the same ethical standards as other federal judges, shine more sunlight on the activities of the justices, and increase the transparency and accountability when those with cases before the Court seek recusal of a justice if a conflict is suspected.

WHO: Congressman Chris Murphy (CT-5)

Congressman Anthony Weiner (NY-9)

Common Cause Program Vice President Arn Pearson

Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron

WHAT:

Murphy to Unveil Legislation to Increase Transparency and Accountability at Supreme Court

WHEN:

Tuesday, March 1, 1pm

WHERE:

House Triangle

Common Cause is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.

Office: Common Cause National

Issues: Ethics

Tags: Judicial Ethics

Leave a Comment

Take Action

The Supreme Court gutted a key provision of the Voting Rights Act.

Tell Congress to fix the court’s bad decision!

Take action.

Donate

Give Today