On Tuesday, January 16, 2024, Fox News reported that a complaint filed against Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson over alleged failures to properly disclose her husband’s income had been referred to the Judicial Conference’s finance committee for review.

The Center for Renewing America (CRA), a conservative policy group, submitted a complaint to the Judicial Conference last month. The group alleges that Jackson “willfully failed to disclose” required information about the income her husband Patrick Jackson earned from medical malpractice consulting work for over a decade.

On December 21, 2023, CRA received notification that the complaint was being referred to the Judicial Conference’s Committee on Financial Disclosures for official consideration. The committee will examine whether Jackson properly reported her husband’s earnings from his work as a medical consultant on malpractice cases, as required by judicial disclosure rules.

Russ Vought, president of CRA and a former senior Trump administration official, said the group hopes the Judicial Conference takes the ethics concerns surrounding Jackson seriously. Vought argued that while conservatives face criticism over minor issues, apparent breaches of ethics rules by liberal justices have been ignored.

The complaint cites Jackson’s admission in her 2020 Supreme Court disclosure forms, filed during her nomination process, that some of her previous financial filings inadvertently omitted her husband’s consulting income. However, the letter says Jackson did not specify which exact years were affected or provide detailed sources of that income, as required.

As part of an earlier District Court nomination, Jackson had disclosed two legal clients who paid her husband over $1,000 for his work in 2011. But subsequent reports omitted further details on this income stream. CRA argues the omissions were “willful” as Jackson was clearly aware of reporting obligations.

The group wants the Judicial Conference to refer the allegations to Attorney General Merrick Garland for potential civil enforcement actions if an investigation finds ethics rules were broken. It notes disclosure laws require listing income sources for a spouse over $1,000, unless from self-employment when the type of independent work must still be identified. CRA maintains Jackson’s husband’s consulting does not qualify as self-employment in this context.

CRA filed the complaint amid intensified scrutiny of financial disclosures by conservative justices like Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito. The Supreme Court issued a new ethics code in November following partisan clashes over possible new recusal rules.

 

 

Source: Fox News