If the Supreme Court’s new Code of Conduct is viewed as an attempt to appease the justices’ antagonists in Congress and the media, it is a complete and predictable failure. But in essence it is a major rebuke to those critics. “Congress must continue its efforts to hold the judiciary accountable,” senator majority leader Chuck Schumer he tweeted in response.
The code and the justices’ accompanying commentary make clear that Congress has no such authority. The justices describe the court’s unique role in the United States constitutional system and affirm several important principles:
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