Ketanji Brown Jackson, the newest member of the U.S. Supreme Court, will be forced to answer an ethics complaint alleging she ran afoul of disclosures about her husband’s income.
According to The Western Journal, a center-right good government organization has petitioned the Senate Judiciary Committee to review an alleged lapse by Jackson to inform the public of her husband’s malpractice consulting income. George Jackson is a gastrointestinal surgeon at MedStar University Hospital in Georgetown.
“We are hopeful that the Judicial Conference takes a long, hard look at the ethics concerns surrounding Justice Jackson and ensures there is not a double standard for justices,” Center for Renewing America President Russ Vought said in a statement to Fox News.
He added that it’s time for conservatives to fight back against wrongdoing by liberal justices after enduring years of attacks on conservative staples of the courts, including Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.
“The left has made it a sport to attack the character of conservative Supreme Court justices. They’ve turned a blind eye to actual indiscretions and appearances of corruption actively happening,” he added.
In its complaint, the Center for Renewing America alleges Jackson “appears to have willfully failed to disclose required information regarding her husband’s medical malpractice consulting income for over a decade.” Medical experts, who are in high demand for legal cases and hospitals looking to avoid costly litigation, can earn upwards of $500 per hour.
“[B]y Justice Jackson’s own admission in her amended disclosure form for 2020, filed when she was nominated to the Supreme Court, that ‘some of my previously filed reports inadvertently omitted’ her husband’s income from ‘consulting on medical malpractice cases,’” the complaint reads. “[G]iven the repeated omissions of this information for several years, it is appropriate to refer Justice Jackson to the United States Attorney General.”
The letter adds that Justice Jackson may also have failed to disclose private fundraising sources for a recent celebration she held at the Library of Congress.
“Given the need to ensure the equal application of the law and the tendency of these violations to create serious recusal issues and conflicts of interest, the Conference’s prompt attention is of paramount public importance.”
There is also the potential for her husband’s medical malpractice consultation to conflict with parties appearing before the Supreme Court.
“Apart from being willful and illegal, Justice Jackson’s omission creates serious recusal issues. The nature of her husband’s work on legal medical malpractice consultation inherently creates significant conflicts of interest about which parties and the public are entitled to know,” the letter said.
“By voting on cases or petitions involving or materially affecting the interests of her husband’s clients or counsel, Justice Jackson shields potential conflicts of interests and creates an appearance of impropriety,” it adds.
Overall, “Justice Jackson has demonstrated a disturbing trend of not reporting material sources of income and gifts,” the letter concludes.
Over the past year, Justice Clarence Thomas has been the target of reports by mainstream media outlets tying him to conservative mega-donors and businessmen who they claim are leveraging their relationships with the longtime court member in order to influence the court’s decision making. Thomas, who has rebuked Jackson in the past for her “race-based worldview“, maintains he previously sought advice from the judiciary and that his relationships with friends who had no business before the court were not admissible disclosures.