The wife of Chief Justice John Roberts received more than $10 million in commissions from prominent law firms, according to a complaint filed by a whistleblower.
RadarOnline.com reported that Roberts declined to testify under oath at a hearing next month that will investigate the Supreme Court’s ethical rules and potential future changes.
“His wife, Jane, is now facing scrutiny after newly exposed allegations made by a former colleague, who claimed that she raked in quite a bit of cash as a headhunter for acclaimed law firms between 2007 and 2014,” the outlet said. “At least one of those firms argued a case before her husband after paying Jane, it was alleged.”
According to the sworn affidavit of Kendal B. Price, Jane was described as a “successful professional with sterling educational credits” and was “accomplished in her own right.” Price’s concerns were included in a whistleblower complaint filed in December and sent to congressional committees, the outlet said.
“I believe that at least some of her remarkable success as a recruiter has come because of her spouse’s position,” Price claimed, RadarOnline.com added.
The report continued, “Price stated that when he questioned why Roberts’ commissions were so much higher than those of others, he was shunned by other recruiters and given the impression that this was a taboo subject. In the meantime, other expert legal recruiters stated that her earnings were plausible given her expertise.
“When I found out that the spouse of the chief justice was soliciting business from law firms, I knew immediately that it was wrong,” Price, who worked with Jane at the legal recruiting firm Major, Lindsey & Africa, told Insider.
“I realized that even the law firms who were Jane’s clients had nowhere to go. They were being asked by the spouse of the chief justice for business worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, and there was no one to complain to,” Price added.
Democrats and left-leaning publications have additionally accused other conservative justices of ethical violations.
Late last month, RadarOnline.com reported that Justice Neil Gorsuch “sold a property to a law firm executive less than two weeks after he was confirmed in April 2017.” It added:
Gorush was said to have made up to $500,000 from the transaction, but he never disclosed the identity of the buyer, who is now known to be Brian Duffy, the CEO of a law firm.
The docket revealed that Duffy’s firm, Greenberg Traurig, was involved in “at least 22 cases before or presented to the court,” as reported by Politico. Gorsuch sided with Traurig clients in eight of the twelve recorded cases in which he rendered an opinion.
In the meantime, sixteen congressional Democrats have asked Roberts to investigate Justice Clarence Thomas for accepting luxury trips from a prominent Republican donor for over two decades, trips that he was not compelled to report under the current rules and regulations.
“Eight senators and eight representatives sent Roberts a letter on Friday to urge him to initiate an investigation into any unethical and ‘potentially unlawful’ conduct that Thomas might have committed. The letter states that the court has ‘barely acknowledged’ the allegations so far,” The Hill reported.
“We believe that it is your duty as Chief Justice ‘to safeguard public faith in the judiciary,’ and that fulfilling that duty requires swift, thorough, independent and transparent investigation into these allegations,” the letter said.
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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) invited Roberts last week to provide testimony regarding Thomas’ lack of disclosures, but Roberts declined, arguing such appearances are “exceedingly rare” and that Thomas has followed current rules regarding such disclosures. CONTINUE READING…