While Clarence and Ginni were globetrotting with a megadonor, Justice Elena Kagan turned down a gift of bagels and lox from a group of high school friends. She was concerned it would violate the court’s ethics rules. Huh! So apparently the rules are rather clear, just not clear enough for someone who was determined to ignore them. Via Insider:
The Forward reported that friends who attended Hunter College High School in Manhattan with Kagan in the 1970s wanted to send her a “care package” of bagels, lox, babka, chocolates, and other inexpensive items in February 2021.
However, they later scrapped the idea after Kagan expressed concerns about issues it could pose under the Supreme Court’s rules on gifts and disclosures, per Forward.
“We thought it would be a sign of support to send her some lox, but she was too ethical to take the lox,” said Sarah Schulman, a former school friend, according to the media outlet.
WHAT? A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE WHO REFUSED AN INEXPENSIVE GIFT? WHAT A CHUMP!!!
Another Hunter College High School alumnus, Ann Starer, told the Forward that Kagan was touched by the offer but it was “creating more stress for her than it was worth.”
She said that Kagan sent her an email, which reportedly said: “I have to take these ethics and reporting considerations very seriously.”
Well! Nice to know somebody does.
Just another reminder why voting counts.