Supreme Court justices given Frederick Douglass bust, trips around the world

Supreme Court justices given Frederick Douglass bust, trips around the world
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A bust of Frederick Douglass and trips around the world are among the items given to Supreme Court justices in 2015, annual financial disclosures revealed Wednesday.

The documents obtained by Fix the Court show that Justice Clarence Thomas received the bronze statue of the abolitionist from Harland Crow, a Dallas real estate developer. It’s worth $6,484.12.

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The Supreme Court of Korea paid $8,220 for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s roundtrip flight to the East Asian nation last year, in addition to her lodging and food. During the five-day trip, Ginsburg reportedly met with Chief Justice Yang Seung-tae to discuss human rights and minority rights protections.

Justice Elena Kagan’s financial disclosures show she received from the University of Chicago Law School a first-edition copy of “The Public and Its Government,” signed by the author Felix Frankfurter, worth $499.94.

Chief Justice John Roberts did not disclose any gifts, nor did Justices Anthony Kennedy, Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito or Sonia Sotomayor, but the documents show that they received paid trips abroad.  

Alito and Breyer received free trips to London, as well as Ginsburg, who also got a trip to Switzerland. Kagan received a free trip to Jerusalem, while Roberts received a free trip to Japan.

Those items, listed as reimbursements, only show what was paid for and who paid for it. No dollar amounts are given.