Elie Mystal lowered the boom on SCOTUS’ hypocrisy of demanding private cell phone data from young law clerks, over the Roel eak, while giving a pass to the obviously corrupt, possible leakers Clarence and Ginni Thomas.
Leaking the draft Roe v. Wade “doesn't actually seem to be a crime—at least not by any clear and undisputed definition,” according to Wired. Yet, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' failure to recuse himself on 2020 election-related issues, while his wife was working to overturn the election results, has elicited silence from the highest court in the land.
Elie Mystal perfectly summed up the depressing situation. First, he pointed out that the Supreme Court has no ethics rules. While Congress could pass some, it has not. So, we are left with this:
MYSTAL: They are literally willing to ask their own employees, mainly young people, you know, people who are under the age of 30, who are in their first job. They are willing to violate, potentially, their privacy rights and get their phone records and investigate a leak..
Are they asking Clarence Thomas for his phone records? Are they willing to investigate the corruption that is in plain sight with the wife of one of the justices? Apparently not.
So, there's a double standard here, where John Roberts and his crew are willing to be seen like big, bad men to a 26-year-old law clerk but they won't go after Clarence Thomas and they won't deal with the corruption in their own house. And hence, you have their hypocrisy.
But again, when we talk about hypocrisy, these are people who are straight-up about to say that you have more rights if you own a gun than if you own a uterus. So hypocrisy is not a thing that the Supreme Court has a problem with. They're comfortable to live in their own dripping hypocrisy.