On Friday, September 8, 2023, the APNews reported that Brett Kavanaugh, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, addressed a judicial conference in Cleveland, Ohio, discussing the importance of increasing public confidence in the court. His comments come at a time when public trust in the court is at a 50-year low, following several controversial rulings and reports of ethical concerns.
Kavanaugh acknowledged the challenges facing the court, stating that there are “storms” in the political and social climate of America. However, he expressed hope that the court can take steps to address these issues and increase transparency. While he did not specifically address calls for an official code of conduct for justices, Kavanaugh emphasized the importance of public confidence in the court and stated that all nine justices recognize the need to address the current ethics concerns.
The justice also highlighted the need for the legal system to be a source of stability and calm amidst the turmoil. He encouraged judges and attorneys to work towards increasing confidence in the court, stating that they are “working on it.”
Kavanaugh’s comments suggest that the court is taking steps to address the ethics concerns and increase transparency. However, it remains to be seen what specific actions the court will take to address these issues and restore public trust.
Kavanaugh himself encountered some recent issues as well. A report by the AbusiveDiscretion highlighted serious omissions in the 2018 Senate investigation concerning sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh. The report suggests that crucial details may have been overlooked. The investigation originally stemmed from accusations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh, including claims of attempted rape during his high school years. An audio recording implying a further violation emerged, intensifying the said controversy.