U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has apologized for her unprecedented criticism of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
“On reflection, my recent remarks in response to press inquiries were ill-advised and I regret making them,” Ginsburg said. “Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office. In the future I will be more circumspect.”
In recent days, Ginsburg has called Trump a “faker” lacking a coherent world view, and envisaged moving to New Zealand should he win the November election.
Her remarks were roundly censured by Supreme Court observers in all quarters and in the press: her political interventions were condemned this week in editorials in the New York Times and the Washington Post.
Though the Supreme Court is not bound by any code of conduct, Congressional legislation to bind the justices to ethical standards has gained momentum in recent days. Sens. Mazie Hirono and Jeff Merkley signed on to a bill requiring the high court to promulgate an ethics code which includes the Code of Conduct for United States Judges, which governs the behavior of all other federal judges. The legislation has 8 cosponsors, all of whom are Democrats.
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