Roberts asks fed­eral judges to han­dle com­plaints

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - NEWS/FROM THE FRONT PAGE -

Chief Jus­tice John Roberts is re­fer­ring ethics com­plaints against new Supreme Court Jus­tice Brett Ka­vanaugh to fed­eral judges in Colorado and neigh­bor­ing states.

The com­plaints deal with state­ments Ka­vanaugh made dur­ing his con­fir­ma­tion hear­ings. They were filed orig­i­nally with Ka­vanaugh’s old court, the U.S. Court of Ap­peals for the District of Columbia Cir­cuit.

Roberts took no ac­tion on them while Ka­vanaugh’s nom­i­na­tion was pend­ing. He re­ceived the first three of 15 even­tual com­plaints on Sept. 20, a week be­fore Ka­vanaugh’s an­gry de­nial of a sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tion by Chris­tine Blasey Ford.

It’s pos­si­ble the com­plaints will never be in­ves­ti­gated if the low­er­court judges de­ter­mine they have no ju­ris­dic­tion over a Supreme Court jus­tice un­der the ju­di­ciary’s ethics rules. The judges may be forced to con­clude “that in­ter­ven­ing events have ren­dered the al­le­ga­tions moot or make re­me­dial ac­tion im­pos­si­ble,” said Arthur Hell­man, an ethics pro­fes­sor at the Uni­ver­sity of Pitts­burgh.

An­other ethi­cist, Stephen Gillers of New York Uni­ver­sity, dis­agreed that the com­plaints are moot. Ka­vanaugh re­mains a fed­eral judge and the com­plaints “al­lege mis­con­duct that oc­curred while Ka­vanaugh was on the D.C. Cir­cuit and sub­ject to the Code of Con­duct for U.S. Judges. Any vi­o­la­tion of the Code does not dis­ap­pear be­cause he is now on an­other fed­eral court,” Gillers said in an email.

Joe Rae­dle / Getty Im­ages

Amanda Logs­don be­gins the process of try­ing to clean up her home af­ter the roof was blown off by the pass­ing winds of hur­ri­cane Michael on Thurs­day in Panama City, Fla. The hur­ri­cane hit the Flor­ida Pan­han­dle as a cat­e­gory 4 storm.

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