NOTNew financial disclosure reports released Thursday reveal how much US Supreme Court justices earned last year and show some of them were able to add six figures to their salaries through lucrative book deals.
Amy Coney Barrett, the newest Supreme Court justice, reported in her 2021 disclosure that she received $425,000 last year from the Javelin Group, a literary agent, in book royalties. Politico reported last April that Judge Barrett sold a book on how judges should remain neutral for a $2 million advance.
There are no laws limiting what judges can earn from publishing books, and many judges have written books about their background and their judicial philosophy.
Neil Gorsuch, who joined the bench in 2017, brought in $250,000 in earnings from publisher HarperCollins in 2021. Politico reported Thursday that Gorsuch has signed a deal with the company to write a new book on legal and regulatory policy . Gorsuch published a book with Penguin Random House in 2019 titled A Republic, if you can keep itand reported earning $325,000 in 2019 and $100,000 in 2020 in publisher royalties.
Sonia Sotomayor—who is the Washington Job reports revealed more than $3.3 million in book payments since 2010 – said she earned $115,593 in book royalties from Penguin Random House last year, with whom she has published several children’s books.
This accounting income is in addition to a base salary of $268,300 in 2021 for the eight associate justices and $280,500 for Chief Justice John Roberts.
Judges are legally limited to earning no more than approximately $30,000 for outside teaching. Several judges have earned close to that in 2021. Clarence Thomas said he earned $29,595 from George Washington University Law School and the University of Notre Dame combined, Gorsuch earned $26,541 from the University George Mason, Brett Kavanaugh earned $25,541 from George Mason and Barrett earned $14,280 from college. of Notre-Dame, where she was previously a teacher.
Samuel Alito’s revelations have yet to be released, and the Washington Job reported that court officials said he had requested an extension. The Supreme Court did not respond to TIME’s request for comment.
The 2021 financial disclosures, posted online by judicial reform advocacy organization Fix the Court, come during a period of intense scrutiny of Supreme Court ethics reforms. On May 13, President Joe Biden signed legislation that will increase financial disclosure requirements for federal judges and Supreme Court justices going forward, mandating the creation of an online database where the public can search the financial disclosures of Federal Judges and Supreme Court Justices. The law also requires judges and justices to follow the same financial disclosure rules as Congress, which require them to file transaction reports. The new law will come into force when the judges publish their financial information next year.
The latest financial information was released weeks after justices are expected to rule on one of the Supreme Court’s most anticipated cases in a generation, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, after an unprecedented leak of a draft opinion in the case authored by Alito showed that the Supreme Court was about to strike down the constitutional right to abortion access enshrined in law of 1973 Roe v. Wade.
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