- by theguardian
- 21 Sep 2023
Supreme Court Justices Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch were flown to Italy. Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson received a $1,200 "congratulatory floral arrangement" from Oprah Winfrey. And Justice Sonia Sotomayor received nearly $150,000 in book royalties from her publisher.
These are a few of the things detailed in the annual financial disclosure forms released Wednesday by seven members of the Supreme Court. The paperwork - mandated by federal law - requires members of the judiciary to publicly disclose their personal financial interests over the past year and detail income, investments, gifts and spousal salaries.
Though most of the justices released their 2022 forms on Wednesday, conservative Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito were given extensions to release theirs, according to the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. Thomas has come under intense scrutiny in recent months over his decision to not disclose years of luxury travel and gifts paid for by a GOP megadonor, as well as a private real estate transaction the justice and his family made with the billionaire.
The forms that were made public Wednesday show a court that is very much on the move, with many of its members traveling far to give speeches or attend conferences on trips paid for by universities or well-funded groups.
A total of 20 trips were reported on the forms, with some justices taking more than others and at least one - Chief Justice John Roberts - reporting none at all.
Barrett's trip to Italy in September was to deliver an address in Rome to the American College of Trial Lawyers, according to her report, while Kavanaugh's said that he visited the city the same month to "speak and participate in (a) conference with foreign and American judges" for the University of Notre Dame's Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Gorsuch's form said he traveled to Padua, Italy, in July to attend an "educational program" for George Mason University's National Security Institute.
And Sotomayor was flown to Edinburgh, Scotland, in July by New York University to partake in its law school's leadership conference, according to her form, which also said she took trips to St. Louis and Chicago at other points during the year.
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