Online disclosure would be best
U.S. Supreme Court justices made good use of their spare time in 2013, earning about $250,000 in extra income from teaching and book fees, according to the nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity.
Justice Antonin Scalia led the way with about $100,000 in income from book royalties and teaching wages from Penn State, Southern Methodist, Duke and Tufts universities. Only Justice Sonia Sotomayor reported no outside income; she reported the $1.9 million advance for her highly successful memoir in 2012.
There is nothing awry about such income, but the curious thing is that the court makes citizens jump through needless hoops to obtain the disclosures. Requests for the data must be filed by regular mail with the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, along with a check for reproduction costs. Then requesters must pick up the data in person or wait for their arrival by mail.
The justices should make sure that their 2014 financial disclosure reports are available to the public online.