More Supreme Court scandals exposed.
How Scalia Law School Became a Key Friend of the Court. George Mason University’s law school cultivated ties to justices, with generous pay and unusual perks. In turn, it gained prestige, donations and influence. - NY Times
Thomas Helped Kill Eviction Ban Threatening Benefactor’s Business. Harlan Crow’s company said tenant protections threatened its profits. Thomas twice voted to end them while Crow lavished him with gifts. - The Lever
The web of Supreme Court corruption keeps expanding. Connecting the dots to track who is getting treats and compensation to do what makes your head spin. Especially when so much of it involves dark money that is intentionally shuffled through different groups to hide the source and the beneficiary. Use this Relationship Map to follow the money and relationships. Judge for yourself if the trips, compensation and other benefits Supreme Court Justices received could have helped sway Supreme Court decisions. Why did the justices not disclose the favors they received?
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New scandals exposed
Three new scandals have just been exposed:
1. Dark money groups cultivated Supreme Court Justices through the Scalia Law School.
2. Gorsuch sold property to CEO of major law firm
3. Thomas ruled on eviction case that would help his friend and real estate billionaire Harlan Crow.
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Thomas Helped Kill Eviction Ban Threatening Benefactor’s Business
"Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas voted to end federal tenant protections that his billionaire benefactor’s company says threatened its real estate profit margins, according to corporate documents reviewed by The Lever. Thomas did not disclose his relationship with real estate billionaire Harlan Crow, nor did he recuse himself from the 2021 case, despite its potential impact on Crow Holdings.
Now, rent control — which Crow Holdings’ documents also say threatens the company’s business — could come before Thomas, and there is no indication he would recuse himself if it does. Recent reporting by ProPublica found that Thomas failed to disclose two decades’ worth of luxury gifts provided by Crow, as well as Crow’s purchase of properties owned by Thomas, in apparent violation of longstanding federal ethics rules." - Lever News
End of the constitutional right to abortion
The documents show how Scalia Law has offered the justices a safe space in a polarized Washington — an academic cocoon filled with friends and former clerks, where their legal views are celebrated, they are given top pay and treated to teaching trips abroad, and their personal needs are anticipated, from lunch orders to, in Justice Gorsuch’s case, house hunting.
... Ms. Alvaré was busy, in articles, legal briefs and interviews, trying to sway public sentiment on a pending case that would represent the fruition of the conservative legal movement’s animating promise: the end of the constitutional right to abortion.
But Scalia Law quickly moved to the front of the line, in part by offering generous benefits. For teaching summer courses that generally ran for up to two weeks, Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh each made salaries that approached the legal cap on certain outside income, roughly $30,000 in recent years. The school also creates bespoke programs for the justices in far-flung locations. Justice Gorsuch has traveled to Iceland and Italy to teach; Justice Kavanaugh has taught in Britain. At times, the justices’ teaching has intersected with their positions on the court.
The Charles Koch Foundation was listed in the program as a $100,000 “platinum” sponsor, and the law firms Kirkland & Ellis and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher were among those with $50,000 “gold” packages.- NY Times
TakeAway: Congress should impose a Code of Ethics on the Supreme Court otherwise billionaires will continue to get whatever laws they want passed.
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