Friday, May 12, 2023

Justice Thomas, gift reporting rules, and what a Supreme Court code of conduct would and wouldn’t accomplish

Lucky There Isn’t a Cost-Of-Living Crisis, Otherwise Parading About With a Diamond Encrusted Orb Might Look Out of Touch

Brookings: “Recent revelations of Justice Clarence Thomas’s rocky relationship with gift and income reporting rules have heightened attention to the arcane and often misunderstood federal judicial ethics regime and quickened the drumbeat for a Supreme Court code of conduct. 

My goal in this post is to (1) summarize the statutes and rules that govern federal judge’s and justices’ acceptance and reporting of gifts, (2) assess Justice Thomas’s compliance and (3) review the responses to Thomas’s case and broader calls for tightened judicial ethics enforcement — principally the feasibility of policing alleged violations through a Supreme Court code of conduct.

 Controversy over Justice Thomas is one of many swirling about the Court. Claims, vigorously denied, of a leaked 2014 opinion and private efforts to curry favor with some justices; controversy around the investigation of the leaked opinion in last year’s abortions case; and numerous controversies about Justice Thomas’s spouse are an incomplete list…”

How to Delete Your House’s Pictures From Sites Like Zillow, Redfin, and Realto

Lifehacker: “Our personal data shows up in so many public online spaces. But while there are ways to review and delete your data from social media profiles or even Google search, one place you may not think to check is your property’s listing on sites like Redfin, Zillow, or While it’s unlikely someone will lift sensitive data like, say, your billing information from these apps or websites, they can be used by identity thefts, scammers, or even stalkers to verify your address and see what the house looks like, both inside and out. Luckily, you can remove photos of your home from listing property sites like, Redfin, and Zillow. Doing so can keep you (or your tenant’s) personal info safe. You first need to claim ownership of the home on each site where you want to remove listing photos and other information. Each platform’s ownership verification process differs, but the steps are simple to follow. Here’s how to get started…”