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March 23, 2020

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RT Demand Justice - While everyone's talking about the importance of financial disclosure, here's a reminder that Supreme Court justices: 
-- Can buy and sell individual stocks at any time
-- Only have to disclose anything about their finances once a year
-- Are not bound by any code of ethics

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Supreme Court justices meet privately amid coronavirus outbreak (CNN) “The Supreme Court justices met privately on Friday to discuss pending cases and presumably how they will handle the rest of a blockbuster term as the nation and the world self-quarantine in the midst of a pandemic.

At the regularly scheduled conference a "number of justices" participated remotely by phone according to Kathy Arberg, the Court's public information officer. That's because six of them are 65 or older. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer are in their 80s -- well within the government's standard for individuals at a higher risk.

Arberg declined to specify which justices chose to stay home, but said all nine are "healthy" and are following public health guidance.”

Coughing Lawyers. Uneasy Jurors. Can Courts Work Under Coronavirus? (The New York Times) “State judges in New York are using video to preside remotely over arraignments of criminal defendants. The Brooklyn district attorney’s office has suspended prosecution of some low-level crimes.

The mayor’s office has asked the courts to release some older defendants from the Rikers Island jail, where most of the city’s 5,400 inmates are housed closely together, guarded by thousands of corrections officers.

Coronavirus has utterly disrupted the criminal justice system, leaving crowded courts, prisons and jails especially susceptible to the outbreak. In New York and across the country, officials have had to improvise to keep the system running, struggling to balance the need to maintain public order and ensure people’s rights with growing concerns about public health.”
Why the Supreme Court Should Protect the CFPB’s Independence
The Atlantic - March 20 

Judicial distancing: Mystery surrounds Supreme Court path forward amid coronavirus
NBC News - March 20 

Supreme Court extends filing deadline in response to COVID-19 outbreak
JURIST - March 20 
Federal judges: From political players to lifetime appointments
Roll Call - March 20 


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