The wife of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts made $10.3 million in commissions from top law firms.
Business Insider reports:
“When I found out that the Chief Justice’s spouse was soliciting business from law firms, I immediately knew it was wrong,” said whistleblower Kendall B. Price, who worked with Jane Roberts at Major, Lindsey & Africa, a legal recruiting firm. He told Insider in an interview. “I was desperate not to raise the issue while I was there. And I realized that even the law firms that were Jane’s clients had nowhere to go. Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of business were asked from the chief justice’s spouse, and there was no one to complain to. Most of these companies have appeared or wanted to appear before the Supreme Court. It is natural for them to do whatever they think is necessary to be competitive.
The $10.3 million settlement puts Roberts’ pay in the pay range for legal headhunters. Disclosures under federal whistleblower protection laws now before the House and Senate Judiciary Committees include questions about how Supreme Court justices and their families benefit financially from their special status. Democrats are vowing to investigate after a series of disclosures by the judges themselves.
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In other words, no elite law firm that has business before the Supreme Court is going to reject the owner’s wife. Chief Justice. Two years after her husband became chief justice, Jane Roberts switched careers to become a legal savior, so it’s not the job she did before her husband came to the Supreme Court.
For those keeping score, that’s four of the 6 conservative Supreme Court justices who now have ethics issues. Thomas, Gorsuch, Alito, and Roberts are said to have some ethical conflicts of interest. Brett Kavanaugh may not be on the Supreme Court if Senate Republicans don’t withhold evidence from their investigation into sexual assault allegations against him.
The Supreme Court does not correct itself, and the majority of SCOTUS is corrupt. The nation has a crisis at the highest court in the land, and Congress must act.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a member of the White House Press Pool and Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform activities.
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Member of the Association of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association
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