The roots of the measure come from a valid place, Sen. Sen. Bob Menendez’s of New Jersey’s efforts over the last few years to protect the families of federal judges following the murder of the 20-year-old son of a New Jersey judge at the family home. Judge Ester Salas’ 20-year-old son, Daniel Anderl, was killed by an assailant, a disgruntled attorney who was attempting to assassinate the judge.
The text of the provision in question shields, along with information about where children go to school or day care and their schedule, “information regarding the employment location of an at-risk individual, including the name or address of the employer, employment schedules, or routes then to or from the employer by an at-risk individual.”
That all is perfectly valid at the surface level of physical safety of prominent federal judges and their family members. But when it comes to the Supreme Court, it means that the public does not get to know when a close family member of a sitting justice is getting paid by organizations, say, advocating the overthrow of the government.
Here’s a fix for that: Also include a provision requiring that Supreme Court justices abide by a code of ethics that at the very least requires they recuse themselves from cases their family members are involved in. Like overthrowing the government. Barring the inclusion of that, the whole provision should be scrapped. At least for the purposes of this bill. They can always bring it back.
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