Justices Reject Formal Ethics Rules

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected congressional calls for justices to adhere officially to the same ethics rules binding on other federal judges, including when to recuse themselves in cases involving possible conflicts of interest. "The Court does not plan to adopt the Code of Conduct for United States Judges through a formal resolution," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in a letter released Tuesday to Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-VT. But Roberts said he and his eight colleagues would -- on their own initiative -- continue to follow the same rules as other judges when it comes to accepting and reporting on outside income, honoraria and gifts. CNN has more