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27 June, 2023

Follow the money behind Supreme Court corruption — Dateline June 27, 2023

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Follow the money behind Supreme Court corruption

Trying to understand a scandal? Follow the money.

Two new stories about Supreme Court ethics just emerged. I've added them to this FOLLOW THE MONEY relationship map which is now in its seventh revision. Maps will now include a date to better track the accelerating erosion in trust in the Republican-packed Supreme Court.

SAMUEL ALITO’S WIFE LEASED LAND TO AN OIL AND GAS FIRM WHILE THE JUSTICE FOUGHT THE EPA - Intercept
"Shady and corrupt": Watchdog group sounds the alarm over Amy Coney Barrett real estate deal - Salon

Follow the money behind Supreme Court Corruption

Amy Coney Barrett

"Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett has personal ties to a leader of the legal clinic under the Notre Dame initiative that funded Justice Samuel Alito's July 2022 speaking trip to Rome, CNN reports. Just months after she was sworn in at the Supreme Court in 2020, Barrett, who had left her judgeship and job as a Notre Dame law professor, sold her private home in South Bend, Indiana, to a recently hired Notre Dame professor who was assuming a leadership role at the Religious Liberty Initiative, according to records discovered by the left-leaning non-profit watchdog group Accountable.US.

The initiative's legal clinic has curried favor with the Supreme Court since its founding in 2020 and filed at least nine "friend-of-the-court" amicus briefs in religious liberty cases before the Court. Alito joined the majority in deciding in favor of the initiative's conservative positions in several of those cases, including the one that reversed Roe v. Wade, and others on issues of school prayer and COVID-19 restrictions on churches." - Salon

Martha Bomgardner

"A YEAR AGO this month, Martha Ann Bomgardner Alito decided to see if a 160-acre plot of land in Grady County, Oklahoma, would produce. In a lease filed with the Grady County clerk, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito entered into an agreement with Citizen Energy III for revenue generated from oil and gas obtained from a plot of hard scrabble she inherited from her late father. It is one of thousands of oil and gas leases across Oklahoma, one of the top producers of fossil fuels in the United States.

Last year, before the lease was activated, a line in Alito’s financial disclosures labeled “mineral interests” was valued between $100,001 and $250,000. If extraction on the plot proves fruitful, the lease dictates that Citizen Energy will pay Alito’s wife 3/16ths of all the money it makes from oil and gas sales." - The Intercept

Follow the money behind Supreme Court Corruption

TakeAway: No one is above the law, including Supreme Court justices. It's time for an enforceable code of ethics for the Supreme Court.

Deepak
DemLabs

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Resources:
SAMUEL ALITO’S WIFE LEASED LAND TO AN OIL AND GAS FIRM WHILE THE JUSTICE FOUGHT THE EPA - The Intercept
"Shady and corrupt": Watchdog group sounds the alarm over Amy Coney Barrett real estate deal - Salon

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