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Justice Clarence Thomas reports he took 3 trips on Republican donor's plane last year

Aug. 31, 2023 22:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas acknowledged Thursday that he took three trips last year aboard a private plane owned by Republican megadonor Harlan Crow even as he rejected criticism over his failure to report trips in previous years. It's the first time in...

US Supreme Court Justice Barrett says she welcomes public scrutiny of court

Aug. 28, 2023 22:54 PM EDT

LAKE GENEVA, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett told attendees at a judicial conference in Wisconsin on Monday that she welcomed public scrutiny of the court. But she stopped short of commenting on whether she thinks the court should change how it operates in the face of...

Today in History: August 8, Nixon announces his resignation

Aug. 08, 2023 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Aug. 8, the 220th day of 2023. There are 145 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 8, 1974, President Richard Nixon, facing damaging new revelations in the Watergate scandal, announced he...

Today in History: Aug. 6, U.S. drops atom bomb on Hiroshima

Aug. 06, 2023 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, Aug. 6, the 218th day of 2023. There are 147 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 6, 1945, during World War II, the U.S. B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb code-named...

Missouri man executed for 2002 abduction, killing of 6-year-old girl lured to abandoned factory

Aug. 01, 2023 21:11 PM EDT

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A man who abducted a 6-year-old Missouri girl and beat her to death at an abandoned factory two decades ago was put to death Tuesday evening, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a request to block the execution over arguments he was mentally...

Senate committee approves legislation to impose stronger ethics standards on Supreme Court justices

Jul. 20, 2023 18:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court would have to abide by stronger ethics standards under legislation approved on Thursday by the Senate Judiciary Committee, a response to recent revelations about donor-funded trips by justices. The bill faced united opposition from Republicans, who said it...

Senators call for Supreme Court to follow ethics code like other branches of government

Jul. 12, 2023 08:15 AM EDT

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, responding to Associated Press investigative stories on the Supreme Court, said Tuesday it was time for the justices to bring their conduct in line with the ethical standards of other branches of government. “If they just establish...

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor's staff prodded colleges and libraries to buy her books

Jul. 11, 2023 20:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For colleges and libraries seeking a boldfaced name for a guest lecturer, few come bigger than Sonia Sotomayor, the Supreme Court justice who rose from poverty in the Bronx to the nation’s highest court. She has benefited, too — from schools’ purchases of...

Book sales, a lure for money and more takeaways from the AP investigation into Supreme Court ethics

Jul. 11, 2023 18:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a monthslong inquiry, which included reviewing tens of thousands of pages of documents from more than 100 public records requests, The Associated Press has examined what happens behind the scenes when Supreme Court justices travel to colleges and universities for lectures and...

Supreme Court justices and donors mingle at campus visits. These documents show the ethical dilemmas

Jul. 11, 2023 17:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas headlined a 2017 program at McLennan Community College in Texas, his hosts had more than a speech in mind. Working with the prominent conservative lawyer Ken Starr, school officials crafted a guest list for a dinner at the home of a...