Scandals and SCOTUS: Improving US Supreme Court Ethics


On December 18 Common Cause Ohio and the Ohio Fair Courts Alliance on held an in-depth forum where a panel of experts explored the questions that are now swirling about influence and ethics at the nation’s highest court.

Panelists included: Alex Aronson, former chief counsel to US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Jennifer Ahearn—Brennan Center for Justice, Lisa Graves—True North Research, and  Sarah Turberville—The Constitution Project

Click here to watch the Scandals and SCOTUS.

Call To Action – two ways you can advocate for SCOTUS ethics:

  • Sign Now – Tell Congress: Pass a Supreme Court Code of Conduct. Congress must pass a binding code of conduct for the Supreme Court and ensure that our highest court is held to the highest ethical standards.
  • Tell Congress: No One Is Above Accountability. Demand that Congress take the ethics crisis at the Supreme Court seriously and investigate improper influence and corruption at the court.

Learn more by watching a few videos:

  • Dark Money and the Supreme Court  Civil rights attorney Alex Aronson explored dark money and the Supreme Court with Pete Dominick (Stand Up! With Pete, June 5, 2023).
  • Supreme Court: Ready for Reform? Conversation with Brennan Center President Michael Waldman and US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse about possible reforms (Brennan Center for Justice at NYU, November 14, 2023)
  • Does the U.S. Supreme Court Have Credibility? Cassandra Burke Robertson, Professor of Law and Director, Center for Professional Ethics School of Law at Case Western University and  Shih-Chun Steven Chien, Assistant Professor of Law, Cleveland State University School explore confidence in SCOTUS and reform options. (Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Cleveland, October 1, 2023) 

Love podcasts?  ProPublica and On the Media explore the legacy of one of the most significant figures pulling strings behind the scenes for the last 30 years, Leonard Leo. Check out the three-part series called, We Don’t Talk About Leonard (Leo). You can find the episodes here.

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