Thursday, September 24th, 2009
Recusal is a touchy subject for government officials, for two principal
reasons. One, withdrawing from a matter can appear to constitute an
admission of misconduct. This is because so many people, and even
ethics codes, consider it wrong to have a conflict. Actually, recusing
oneself is a way of dealing responsibly with a conflict, and is the
opposite of misconduct.
Two, raising the issue of a conflict can disclose information the
official would rather keep personal. After all, the...