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Dr. Rashad Richey

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Justice Kavanaugh proves the Supreme Court needs more oversight

Jul 21, 2023

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Supreme Court justices have been receiving significant attention lately–possibly more than they should. Justice Clarence Thomas is drawing criticism for taking luxury trips funded by a Republican billionaire and failing to report them, and Justice Brett Kavanaugh is now getting pushback from his fellow justices for having “lightweight” opinions and writing the fewest words of any recent justice.

Straight Arrow News contributor Dr. Rashad Richey says with the amount of power the Supreme Court has, there needs to be an enforceable code of ethics to keep justices like Kavanaugh in line.

He [Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh] was accused of having an inappropriate sexual encounter by a now-university professor. He came over that, at least in the eyes of Republicans, and was confirmed.

But let’s look at SCOTUS as a whole: Clarence Thomas continues to be on the news because a billionaire bought him, his mama, his wife, and his nephew, who’s really like a son to him. You also have undisclosed trips, things of high value. You have this happening with multiple justices. But here’s the reality. These particular judges do not have an official binding code of ethics that they must follow. Every other judge in America does, from a traffic judge, to a county judge, to a state judge, magistrate judge, et cetera. Except the United States Supreme Court.

You see power can only be balanced by the enforcement of penalty if you decide to act outside of the rules. Rules are there so that transparency, fairness can be present for you and I —  it’s not for them. It’s for us. And when you have this much power, to where you can overrule the president of the United States if you choose to, there must be appropriate balance.

All this is going to be interesting. United States Supreme Court, well, let’s just say the justices are losing patience with Brett Kavanaugh because he’s not an intellectual, let’s just say equal. This is an interesting report and saga. According to multiple reports, the US Supreme Court has a clear intellectual liability in Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Trump appointee. 

 

That’s according to a legal analyst. And other justices are now sick of light weight opinions. Damn, there’s more: patience is wearing thin for Donald Trump’s appointee, according to the writer. So let’s count the ways here. Brett Kavanaugh rarely writes an opinion. He never provides noteworthy comment. In fact, he wrote fewer words than any justice in the most recent term. Fewer words, and his colleagues keep calling out his lack of vigor — intellectual legal vigor. 

 

Clarence Thomas, Barrett, Gorsuch, are the only are not the only members of the court who are losing patience with Kavanaugh, wrote senior writer Mark Joseph Stern. Justice Kagan said, listen, the guy treats being a justice or being a judge like scorekeeping, whining about how unfair it is when he loses, and repeating the same bad argument at a higher volume. Isn’t this interesting? Why would anybody be surprised that the guy who literally defended himself during the Senate confirmation hearings when appointed to be a Supreme Court justice when he was nominated, he said “I like beer. I drink a lot of beer. I still drink beer.” 

 

He was accused of having an inappropriate sexual encounter by a now University professor back then. He was a college student who liked a lot of beer. He came over that, at least in the eyes of Republicans, and was confirmed. But let’s look at SCOTUS as a whole: Clarence Thomas continues to be on the news because a billionaire about him, his mama, his wife and his nephew who’s really like a son to him, you also have undisclosed trips, things of high value. 

 

You have this happening with multiple justices. But here’s the reality. These particular judges do not have an official binding code of ethics that they must follow. Every other judge in America does, from a traffic judge, to a county judge, to a state judge, magistrate judge, etc. Except the United States Supreme Court. You see power can only be balanced by the enforcement of penalty if you decide to act outside of the rules. Rules are there so that transparency, fairness can be present for you and I —  it’s not for them. It’s for us. And when you have this much power, to where you can overrule the President of the United States if you choose to, there must be appropriate balance.

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