- Unlike other judges, Supreme Court justices don't have to follow written code of ethics
- Steven Lubet: Justices haven't adopted one, but public should know what the norms are
Steven Lubet is a professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. His most recent book is "The 'Colored Hero' of Harper's Ferry: John Anthony Copeland and the War Against Slavery." The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)Now that Neil Gorsuch has taken his seat as the 113th Supreme Court justice, his judicial life is going to change in many ways. One striking difference is he will no longer be subject to a written ethics code, as he was as a judge on the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals. Although every other American court -- at both the state and federal levels -- has adopted some version of the American Bar Association's Model Code of Judicial Conduct, the justices on the nation's highest court have steadfastly refused to promulgate any such code for themselves.