We're told that the court's docket is dominated by civil rights issues, but the justices have one major bit of unfinished business that's getting almost no attention, and deserves plenty: the court's own ethics.
I don't think Jim Stergios and I would agree on very much. But his recent blog questioning the common core standards and challenging the credibility of the people who are promoting it was brilliant and funny at the same time.
Suppose you were party to a lawsuit and you learned that the judge handling your case was hobnobbing with lawyers on the other side and helping to raise money for a group dedicated to defeating you in court?
The canons of the Code of Conduct are there to preserve public confidence in the fairness and integrity of the Court. By allowing themselves to be pulled into fundraising events, the justices reinforce the idea that in spite of increased scrutiny, they just don't seem to get it.