Reports: US judge Matthew Kacsmaryk redacted name of corporation he owned stock in on disclosure forms

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Friday, April 28, 2023

Kacsmaryk in 2017, during his US Senate confirmation hearing.
Image: US Senate Judiciary Committee.

An investigation by CNN, published April 21, stated the name of a corporation United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas judge Matthew J. Kacsmaryk owned stock in was redacted on his 2020 and 2021 financial disclosures. The Washington Post also reported on the redactions.

In 2021, at least 85% of Kacsmaryk's reported wealth originated from the holding, worth between US$5 million and US$25 million.

The executive director of the Free Law Project, Michael Lissner told CNN: "If you have stock and you're not saying what it's in and it's this much of your personal wealth, that's a conflict you have. The public deserves to know."

According to Kacsmaryk, writing to CNN, the redaction was approved by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. He said the redacted entity was a non-Texas private corporation. He stated: "The Clerk's Office has the name of the entity, actively screens incoming cases, and I would be automatically recused from any cases involving this entity."

Kacsmaryk earlier this month suspended the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of abortion pill mifepristone, preventing consumers from obtaining it. On Friday, the US Supreme Court paused that suspension.

The reports came after an investigation by ProPublica into Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' non-disclosure of vacations and property sales involving a billionaire the nonprofit described as a conservative.