Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson Received Beyoncé Concert Tickets Valued at $4K

 June 8, 2024

Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson disclosed receiving various gifts in her latest financial documents, sparking further debate on the gift ethics for justices.

According to Breitbart, amid a heightened call for transparency, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson's recent financial disclosures reveal gifts including concert tickets from global music icon Beyoncé, valued at nearly $4,000.

Justice Jackson's disclosures encompassed more than just tickets; she also reported receiving artwork for her chambers from artists Lonnie Holley and Dr. Kathi Earles-Ross, along with the HU Scholars. This contribution underscores a broader trend of artists engaging with the judiciary beyond traditional parameters.

Focusing on Supreme Court Justices' Gains

Such disclosures are critical amidst emerging concerns over justices' gains paralleling their official duties. For instance, Justice Jackson also unveiled earnings of $893,750 in book royalties from Penguin Random House for her memoir, highlighting a substantial secondary income.

Previous disclosures have also spotlighted significant acquisitions, such as a $1,200 floral arrangement from media mogul Oprah and over $6,500 in designer attire for a magazine feature, further blurring the lines between personal branding and judicial propriety.

The release of financial records was not exclusive to Justice Jackson, as most justices presented their disclosures, except for Justice Samuel Alito who deferred his filing by 90 days. This mix of transparency and delay among justices feeds into ongoing discussions about the influence of external benefits on judicial impartiality.

The Spotlight on Supreme Court Gift Controversies

Justice Brett Kavanaugh similarly disclosed substantial secondary income, with $340,000 in book royalties from two publishers, underscoring the lucrative nature of book deals for sitting justices.

Justice Jackson's fellow Justice, Clarence Thomas, acknowledged a particularly intimate connection with certain benefactors. "Harlan and Kathy Crow are among our dearest friends, and we have been friends for over twenty-five years," stated Justice Thomas.

"As friends do, we have joined them on some family trips during the more than quarter century we have known them."

Justice Thomas attributed his receipt of two photo albums from Terrence Giroux and a significant volume of gifts from Harlan Crow, marking him as a recipient of one of the more substantial gift parcels among the justices.


This revealing of justices' extra-judicial incomes comes at a particularly charged moment. On June 5, 2024, left-wing activists amplified their calls for an investigation, specifically targeting Justice Samuel Alito's financial engagements, pushing for potential recusals in cases where conflicts of interest might exist. The examination extends back in judicial history with records indicating that former justices like Sandra Day O’Connor, David Souter, and John Paul Stevens also navigated the murky waters of gift disclosures, albeit with varying degrees of transparency.

Amid this scrutiny, the advocacy group, Fix The Scene, highlights a troubling pattern. According to their findings, the Supreme Court justices accumulated gifts worth approximately $3 million between 2004 and 2023, suggesting a longstanding and systemic issue within the highest court. The unfolding scenario beckons a reassessment of the ties that bind the justices to external influences—both seen and unseen. Such relationships could potentially affect impartiality in decision-making, urging an era of stricter guidelines and clearer boundaries for judicial conduct.

Ensuring fidelity to justice in the highest court necessitates not only the careful consideration of legal principles but also the personal ethics of those appointed to uphold them.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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