Supreme Court’s Alleged Ethics Code: More Harmful Than Nonexistent.



( “There’s no clearer indication that these rules are useless than the fact that they end up codifying Thomas’s outrageous behavior as ethically within bounds. According to the rules, not a single thing Thomas has done is a problem. Putting out a code of conduct that doesn’t restrain Thomas is like erecting a dam that doesn’t restrain water. It’s just a gigantic waste of everyone’s time.” – Elie Mystal

The so-called Code of Conduct the U.S. Supreme Court issued on Monday won’t put a stop to corruption and wasn’t intended to do so. Quite the opposite: it is intended to justify corruption.

The Code’s most glaringly obvious failing is the lack of any enforcement mechanism. But it’s clear the justices don’t intend their feeble code to be enforced: In “adapting” the federal judiciary’s code of conduct, the word “enforce” is dropped from the opening section.  Other federal judges are expected to “maintain and enforce high standards of conduct.”  Supreme Court justices are called upon merely to “maintain and observe” such standards.

Lower court judges should not “lend the prestige of the judicial office” to advance their own private interests or permit others “to convey the impression that they are in a special position to influence the judge.”  The Supreme Court justices gave themselves considerable wiggle room by inserting the word “knowingly.”

Lower court judges are directed to “take appropriate action” if they have reason to believe that a judge, a judicial employee, or a lawyer has violated the code of conduct. Supreme Court justices are expected to act only in response to employee misconduct.

Lower court judges “should make required financial disclosures … in compliance with applicable statutes …”  Supreme Court justices “have agreed to comply with the statute governing financial disclosure,” sending a strong signal that they consider their compliance voluntary, and that the statute does not apply to them.

Lower court judges are urged to “divest investments and other financial interests that might require frequent disqualification.”  The Supreme Court justices threw that standard out the window, along with a discouragement against accepting outside compensation that exceeds “what a person who is not a judge would receive for the same activity.”

The new Code of Conduct is not an effort at reform, but a ham-handed exercise in public relations.  In their statement on Monday the justices made it clear they were adopting the code – not because any of their own behavior had been a problem – but to dispel “the misunderstanding that the Justices of this Court, unlike all other jurists in this country, regard themselves as unrestricted by any ethics rules.”

If Justice Clarence Thomas regarded himself as restricted by ethics rules, he would not have accepted cruises on the yacht of a politically-active billionaire who had business before the Court, excursions on his private jet, and vacations at his private resort.  At the very least, he would have disclosed the gifts, along with his sale of three properties to the same billionaire, including the home where his mother still lives, rent-free, and the tens of thousands of dollars the billionaire spent on improvements to the home.

If Justice Samuel Alito regarded himself as restricted by ethics rules, he would have turned down a luxury fishing trip with a billionaire whose hedge fund has repeatedly had business before the court, or at least disclosed it.

The list of the justices’ ethical transgressions is disturbingly long, and the new Code of Conduct neither makes clear that they were, in fact, transgressions, nor prescribes any consequence for such transgressions.

The justices may safely consider any misunderstandings dispelled. They have made it clear beyond a shadow of a doubt they regard themselves as unrestricted by ethics rules.

Written by Marc Morial

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Can’t Lose Weight Smoothly? Top 4 Harmful Habits That Sabotage Your Diet

Have you set out to follow a diet to prevent or eliminate excess weight, but the results are slow to show? You don’t know exactly what’s compromising your weight-loss diet, but not achieving the figure you’ve dreamed of is frustrating, damaging your self-image or even causing health problems. There are a few habits that are inimical to your figure that you may be doing unconsciously. But once you discover them, you can eliminate them or even replace them with healthy, diet-friendly alternatives you want to follow.

For the weight loss diet to promise results, your habits don’t have to be strictly about dieting

Rest is not enough if it is not quality rest. Movement of any kind also has its part to play in this plan.

  • You only rest when you feel too tired

There’s no point in reminding you how vital quality sleep is to your body’s overall health. Don’t wait until you feel exhausted to sleep, don’t pull all-nighters and spend them on Social Media, because all of these will turn into habits that you’ll have a hard time breaking. You may not lose weight while you sleep, but rest is one factor that influences your silhouette.

Untreated sleep disorders, the habit of staying up at night are some of the causes that lead to imbalances in the hormones that regulate hunger. Lack of sleep increases the body’s need to consume high-calorie foods, high in sugar, carbohydrates and fat. If you can’t fall asleep or find yourself waking up frequently during the night, then establish a routine before bedtime.

Start listening to relaxing music, give up the phone at least an hour beforehand, read something relaxing or have a massage. The top quality Japanese massage chairs have integrated Night Healing, Mindfulness or Shiatsu programs, which support the release of muscle stress and the installation of a calm state for deep sleep. Discover the Zero Gravity range of Japanese massage chairs on

  • You don’t respect food hygiene

Even if you’ve made a point of eating strictly nutritious, figure-friendly foods, your diet could be sabotaged by eating too much food at one meal. For example, nuts, peanuts, almonds and seeds provide the body with healthy fats.

However, they are high in calories, especially if we are talking about dried fruits that also contain sugar. To manage the optimal amount to consume in a day, put a portion of about 30g in a bowl. This way, you’re feeding your body with the fibre it needs to function properly and protecting your diet at the same time.

Many people mistakenly believe that natural or commercial juices hydrate the body as well as water. Even natural juices have an intake of sugar, and soft drinks also contain colourings that are harmful to the internal organs, not just the diet. In addition, those who drink natural or carbonated drinks tend to supplement their meals with high-calorie fast food or sweets.

Moreover, drinking juices makes you thirsty, and by squeezing the fruit, you lose important fibre that could have reached the body if consumed in its natural state. Make a habit of consuming fruit instead of snacks and water with fresh mint leaves or lemon slices for optimal hydration.

  • Too few calories put your diet at risk

Excessive calorie deficit can have the opposite effect. Exaggerated weight loss diets can cause you to give in to temptation at some point and return to your old culinary pleasures. So, after you’ve managed to lose several pounds through extreme calorie restriction, at some point you may revert back to your previous eating habits, which only adds extra pounds and creates a sense of frustration.

If you haven’t identified a weight loss diet that works for you, then seek the advice of a nutritionist for a personalised diet plan. Remember that balance is the best diet for your figure, so watch the quality and quantity of your food, massage for a peaceful sleep and take long walks if you don’t play any sports.