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An independent and honorable judiciary is indispensable to justice in our society. A judge should maintain and enforce high standards of conduct and should personally observe those standards, so that the integrity and independence of the judiciary may be preserved. The provisions of this Code should be construed and applied to further that objective.
Canon 5: A Judge Should Refrain from Political Activity
(A) General Prohibitions. A judge should not:
(1) act as a leader or hold any office in a political organization;
(2) make speeches for a political organization or candidate, or publicly endorse or oppose a candidate for public office; or
(3) solicit funds for, pay an assessment to, or make a contribution to a political organization or candidate, or attend or purchase a ticket for a dinner or other event sponsored by a political organization or candidate.
(B) Resignation upon Candidacy. A judge should resign the judicial office if the judge becomes a candidate in a primary or general election for any office.
(C) Other Political Activity. A judge should not engage in any other political activity. This provision does not prevent a judge from engaging in activities described in Canon 4.
The term “political organization” refers to a political party, a group affiliated with a political party or candidate for public office, or an entity whose principal purpose is to advocate for or against political candidates or parties in connection with elections for public office.
originally posted by: 11andrew34
It always comes up over some partisan issue of the moment, but realistically, everyone else is forced to retire at some point. There is absolutely no reason someone over the age of ~75 should be holding such an important office.
A supreme court justice should be able to do much of their work themselves; Ginsberg isn't the only one so old as to be relying heavily on college aged law clerks.
While not against the rules per se, this IS a significant breach of unwritten rules. How are intelligent people supposed to pretend that they are making decisions based on law rather than politics if they go around commenting about their politics?
This Code applies to United States circuit judges, district judges, Court of International Trade judges, Court of Federal Claims judges, bankruptcy judges, and magistrate judges. Certain provisions of this Code apply to special masters and commissioners as indicated in the “Compliance” section. The Tax Court, Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces have adopted this Code.
The Judicial Conference has authorized its Committee on Codes of Conduct to render advisory opinions about this Code only when requested by a judge to whom this Code applies.
originally posted by: LockNLoad
Both Ginsburg and Trump made mistakes in making their comments.
Ginsburg's mistake is her comment shows bias that may or may not reflect in her court proceedings, but will call into question her impartiality, which further decreases faith in our system of law.
Trump's mistake is the way he responded to Ginsburg's comments, he should have either ignored the comment thereby making it a non-issue, or responded that she's entitled to her opinion and that he and his millions of supporters disagree with it.
"Her mind is shot - resign."