Judicial Branch Gift Rule

I don’t post much on ethics rules covering judges, but this entry caught my attention.  Congress recently passed covering federal judges’ acceptance of club memberships worth more than $50.  Some Supreme Court justice, have, apparently, reported the value of such gifts on their financial disclosure reports,

including Chief Justice John Roberts Jr.’s membership in the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Va., valued at $12,000 in 2006 (though he said he only used it once for dining.) Four justices — Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy and Ruth Bader Ginsburg — reported honorary memberships in the University Club in D.C., which they valued at $3,200 or less.

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