Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson Accused of Withholding Income Disclosures While Serving on Supreme Court

by Xara Aziz
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An ethics complaint has been filed against Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson with allegations she omitted income disclosures while serving on the bench.

According to a Fox News report, a think tank led by former senior Trump White House official Russ Vought named The Center for Renewing America filed the complaint via a letter sent to the Judicial Conference. In the letter, Jackson is accused of intentionally neglecting to reveal essential details regarding her husband’s income from malpractice consulting for a period exceeding ten years.

The letter recommends that the Judicial Conference hand the alleged ethics violation to Attorney General Merrick Garland for further review and potential civil enforcement.

“The letter notes that federal judges are legally required to disclose the ‘source of items of earned income earned by a spouse from any person which exceed $1,000…except…if the spouse is self-employed in business or a profession, only the nature of such business or profession needs be reported,’” the report reads.

As part of her nomination for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Jackson revealed the identities of two legal clients in the field of medical malpractice consulting who remunerated her husband, Dr. Patrick Jackson, with sums exceeding $1,000 in the year 2011, as outlined in the letter.

But in subsequent submissions, Jackson consistently omitted the disclosure of her husband’s earnings derived from medical malpractice consulting fees, as stated in the letter.

“We know this by Justice Jackson’s own admission in her amended disclosure form for 2020, filed when she was nominated to the Supreme Court, that ‘some of my previously filed reports inadvertently omitted’ her husband’s income from ‘consulting on medical malpractice cases.”

The letter continues: “Jackson has not even attempted to list the years for which her previously filed disclosures omitted her husband’s consulting income. Instead, in her admission of omissions on her 2020 amended disclosure form (filed in 2022), Justice Jackson provided only the vague statement that ‘some’ of those past disclosures contained material omissions.”

Supreme Court’s public information did not immediately comment on the matter.

This story is developing.

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