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Chief justice defends court’s ethical standards

By Laurie Bennett

January 1, 2012 at 8:56am

In his annual report Saturday, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. defended his fellow Supreme Court justices’ continuing involvement in reviewing the health care bill.

Critics have said Clarence Thomas and Elena Kagan should recuse themselves because of possible conflicts of interest.

John G. Roberts Jr.
John G. Roberts Jr.

Before joining the court in 2010, Kagan was President Obama’s solicitor general. Thomas’s wife, Virginia Thomas, is an outspoken conservative who has worked with organizations opposing the law.

Roberts’s report doesn’t mention either justice by name. But as the The New York Times writes, he vigorously defended the court’s ethical rules.

“I have complete confidence in the capability of my colleagues to determine when recusal is warranted,” he wrote. “They are jurists of exceptional integrity and experience whose character and fitness have been examined through a rigorous appointment and confirmation process.”

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2 Comments

  • #1.   Larry Linn 01.01.2012

    Let the impeachment proceedings against Roberts and Thomas commence!

  • #2.   msbetz 01.06.2012

    The Jurists are of exceptional integrity? Their character has been examined? HA!
    Kagen MUST recuse herself from ANYTHING re/Obama!

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