Lawmakers demand further investigation into the matter. Supreme Court and Renewal of their calls for There are no binding ethics rules for The justices were informed by allegations that a 2014 landmark contraception decision was pre-released through an influence campaign led by anti abortion activists.

“The first step to recovery is to admit you have a problem,” Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is a Democrat of Rhode Island wrote on Twitter. “At SCOTUS, the problems run deep.”

The Rev.’s years-long efforts were documented in a Saturday New York Times article. Robert L. Schenck is an evangelical minister and Former anti-abortion leader and His nonprofit is funded by donations from donors who want to help conservative justices and reinforce anti-abortion views. He said that he had received advance word in 2014 of The final result and The author of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby is a landmark case in contraception. and The religious rights of corporations.

That decision — like the one leaked this spring, overturning the right to abortion — was written by Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. Mr. Schenck said he learned the Hobby Lobby details from a donor who had dined with Justice Alito and His wife. Both justice and The donor refused to share the information.

“We intend to get to the bottom of these serious allegations,” Mr. Whitehouse and Hank Johnson is the representative of Georgia, who leads the Senate and House Judiciary Courts Subcommittees, wrote together in a joint declaration.

These revelations highlighted the need for change. of Accountability mechanisms at the Supreme Court. Contrary to other federal judges, justices are not bound with a written code. of Ethics legislation is currently pending in Congress.

“While there are many potential solutions, here’s one that the Court could adopt in one minute: OPERATE UNDER THE SAME ETHICS RULES AS EVERY OTHER FEDERAL JUDGE,” Senator Amy Klobuchar is a Minnesota Democrat and Another member of The Judiciary Committee tweeted in response The Times report.

The new revelations came amid an investigation by the court’s marshal into the extraordinary leak of the draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned the constitutional right to an abortion, as well as uproar over the role of Ginni Thomas, Ginni’s wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, in former President Donald J. Trump’s efforts to reverse the 2020 election results.

One month later, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. took this unusual step of In order to initiate the leak investigation, Mr. Schenck wrote to him saying that he believed his information regarding Hobby Lobby was relevant for the Dobbs inquiry. According to Mr. Schenck, he has not received any response. When Mr. Whitehouse wrote to Chief Justice Roberts about Mr. Schenck’s organization, based on earlier reportingThe court sent a brief response That was addressed only a few of The details.

Ask about the status of The leak investigation and Patricia McCabe spokeswoman for the court and explained why it had not replied to Mr. Schenck. for The court declined comment.

Ed Whelan is the head of A conservative legal group that clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia said on Twitter While the private breach that Mr. Schenck alleged was different, “It’s long past time for Chief Justice to provide a report on what Dobbs leak investigation has uncovered.”

According to legal experts, the best way to regulate the internet is by regulating it Supreme Court It is a puzzle, as independence is part of the equation of its design. Even if both chambers of Congress approved legislation and even if various separation-ofThe question was resolved, and the -power debates are over. of Enforcement would be maintained because the court is, by definition, the highest authority.

“There’s no oversight structure that creates rules for the justices and enforces the rules,” Bruce A. Bruce A. “The fact that Roberts is the chief justice gives him certain administrative responsibilities, but he’s not the boss of the other justices.”

However, there are other scholars and According to lawmakers, the Times investigation revealed the need for new transparency rules. His transparency rules will be updated, Mr. Schenck stated. “stealth missionary” operation was premised on the court’s lack of These rules are rigorously enforced. He explained that the court is more permeable then it appears. and Invitations to Vacation Homes

Louis J. Virelli III is a professor at Stetson College of Law said in an interview, that a law requiring justices to disclose with whom they meet, especially with parties who might be interested in a particular decision, would make it constitutional. and It might even restore some of the public’s faith in the institution.

Though the nation’s highest court is supposed to be self-policing, he said, “we’re starting to see that the independence of the court is running up against public concern about its legitimacy.”

He continued, “When the public feels the justices aren’t doing their part, the cost for the justices will be more transparency.”