Judge Barrett’s $425,000 tops the list among Supreme Court authors

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court justices raked in $800,000 in book fees last year, a lucrative addition to their judges’ salaries, according to financial reports released Thursday.

By far the largest payment went to Judge Amy Coney Barrett, $425,000 for a yet-to-be-published book and likely the first installment of a reported $2 million deal she signed shortly after joining the court in 2020 .

Judges will receive $274,200 this year for their work on the bench; Chief Justice John Roberts gets a little more, $286,700.

The largest advances yet went to Justices Clarence Thomas and Sonia Sotomayor, who each received more than $1 million for their rise from poverty to the nation’s highest court.

In all, Sotomayor has earned more than $3 million in advances and royalties for her memoir, My Beloved World, and other books.

Barrett writes about how judges should avoid letting personal feelings sway their decisions, Politico has reported.

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She works with the conservative label Sentinel, which belongs to Penguin Random House. Barrett is represented by the Javelin Group, a Washington-area literary agent.

Judge Neil Gorsuch received $250,000 in royalties from HarperCollins last year for a new book that has yet to be published. He previously reported $650,000 from Penguin Random House for his book, “A Republic If You Can Keep It,” published in 2019. Gorsuch also reported on a $700 pair of cowboy boots that he received as a gift from the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society.

Sotomayor, a prolific author since joining the court in 2009, collected $115,000 in royalties and also reported a smaller payment, $5,125, for a possible appeal her children’s book “Simply ask!” into a television or video production.

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Judge Stephen Breyer, who is retiring when the court finishes work in early summer, reported $7,800 in royalties from Penguin Random House.

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This story has been corrected to reflect that Judge Neil Gorsuch received $250,000 in royalties on a book that has yet to be published.

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