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Is the Current U. S. Supreme Court For Sale?

Is the current U.S. Supreme Court for sale?   In those hallowed halls of justice in Washington, D.C., what does it mean for a Supreme Court Justice to be “a regular benefactor for highly political conservative fundraisers”?  I quote from a Care2.com post written by Jessica Piekio on November 11, 2010.  Ms. Piekio goes on to say that Justice Samuel Alito defended the high court’s decision in Citizens United vs. FEC–the decision which allowed for corporations to  contribute money to a candidate’s campaign as though it were an individual.  Are we surprised at how much money flowed into the many candidates’ campaign coffers after that decision?  It goes without saying that the green light was given to everyone concerned when new political action committees (PACs) appeared and which then began funding negative ads around the country.

Justice Samuel Alito headlined “fundraisers for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI), a corporate front group that funded conservative propagandist James O’Keefe and failed Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell,”  quoting Ms. Piekio. Further, she  wrote: “This places Alito alongside conservative colleagues Justice Anton Scalia and Justice Clarence Thomas as high profile campaigners despite the fact that such activities clearly violate the Judicial Code of Conduct–the ethical guidelines that govern all federal judges.  Specifically, the Code provides that in almost every circumstance a ‘judge should not personally participate in fund-raising activities, solicit funds for any organization, or use or permit the use of the prestige of the judicial office for that purpose.  A judge should not personally participate in membership solicitation if the solicitation might reasonably be perceived as coercive or is essentially a fund-raising mechanism.'”

The commonly asked and fully understood question is: “What don’t these justices understand in the Code?”  OR: “What part of NO don’t you understand?”

Consider this: all Supreme Court justices serving under Chief Justice John Roberts are attorneys or have at least spent many years in the law profession as public servants.  How could any of them not know what the Code ethics demand of them?  They are entitled to their personal opinions, but not the unconscionable behavior of publicly supporting the rights of corporations over the rights of individuals.

Piekio again: “It is nearly impossible not to find these activities as coercive given that Supreme Court rulings increasingly favor the corporate right, particularly under the guidance of Chief Justice Roberts.  Under his leadership, Supreme Court rulings favored the position of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over 80% of the time.”

I ask you, my fellow American–what is your opinion?  Is this in your favor?  Are you an American business person who is glad for this “conservative  bent” to the Supreme Court?  The Justices are mixed in political philosophies and religions yet have sworn to uphold the  U.S. Constitution which is secular and apolitical.  (It never established a national religion or political parties, that is.)  Are they getting away with breaking the Judicial Code of Conduct?  And what, if anything, can we do about it?

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