More than 100 law school professors have submitted a letter to the Senate and House judiciary committees “to issue a nonpartisan call for the implementation of mandatory and enforceable [judicial ethics] rules to protect the integrity of the [U.S.] Supreme Court.” Noting that the justices have not adopted and are not subject to a judicial ethics code, and observing that the Court’s decisions “have the broadest impact, are frequently divisive, and often turn on the vote of a single justice,” the authors contend that the justices should be required to adhere to the same rules as other judges. They also call for the implementation of an “enforceable, transparent process governing recusal.”

The letter concludes by specifically requesting legislation to (i) “Apply a Code of Conduct for United States Judges to Supreme Court justices”; (ii) “Establish a set of procedures to enforce the Code’s standards as applied to Supreme Court justices”; (iii) “Require a written opinion when a Supreme Court justice denies a motion to recuse”; and (iv) “Determine a procedure, or require the Court to do so, that provides for review of a decision by a Supreme Court justice not to recuse himself or herself from a case pending before the Court.”