Public approval of the Supreme Court has plummeted, with pollsters at Quinnipiac University reporting that this year Americans gave SCOTUS its lowest marks in the poll’s history. A recent NPR/PBS/Marist poll echoed these findings, with 62% of respondents citing little to no confidence in SCOTUS. We are losing faith in the Highest Court in the land, once considered venerable and beyond reproach. And it is no wonder, when news of our Justices’ ethics violations dominates the headlines.
Chief among the violators, of course, is Clarence Thomas, who falsified annual financial disclosure forms for over 20 years. Clarence and wife Ginni have been showered with lavish gifts and funneled money from both Republican megadonor Harlan Crow and Leonard Leo, leader of the far-right Federalist Society. Both Crow and Leo have had matters before the Supreme Court from which Thomas failed to recuse.