Nonsequitur: Did Supreme Court Justice Ginsberg Violate the Judicial Code of Conduct?
July 13, 2016
Looks like it. Twice in the past month, Justice Ginsberg has stated her preference for Hillary Clinton for President, saying of Trump, “I don’t want to think about that possibility, but if it should be, then everything is up for grabs.”
Why is this a problem? It apparently violates Canon Five of the Code of Conduct for United States Judges. Specifically, “A judge should not … (2) make speeches for a political organization or candidate, or publicly endorse or oppose a candidate for public office.” Of course, being a liberal Justice, Ginsberg would probably argue that Supreme Court Justices are not explicitly listed as covered by this code of conduct. They are US Judges, but of a different type. Like the presidential candidate she so admires, Justice Ginsberg chooses to define conduct however she prefers, rather than by the letter of the law.