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  1. Institutional Corruption Conference I: Duplicitous Exclusion

    ... sponsored by the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University ( videos of it will eventually appear here ). Although ... Vertical and Horizontal Accountability The key term of the paper and talk was "duplicitous exclusion," which Warren equates ... our ethical misconduct. That is why, although I like the term "duplicitous exclusion," it is important to recognize that sometimes the ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2012-02-06 16:25 - 0 comments

  2. Ethics in Congress I - Institutional Corruption (Summer Reading)

    ... Despite the book's title, Thompson (a professor at Harvard) has a great deal to say about government ethics that is equally ... project at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard, which Thompson helped found. The Center's director, Lawrence Lessig, ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2011-08-11 07:08 - 0 comments

  3. The Actual Use of "Benefit" and "Interest" Language in Conflict Provisions

    ... referring to the use of the word "benefit" or an equivalent term in basic conflict of interest provisions, like the City Ethics Model ... lot of them do). Nor do I include those codes that use the term "benefit" in gift, confidential information, or use of public resources ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-10-15 13:54 - 0 comments

  4. My Use of Violent Imagery

    ... by local officials. I quoted a county attorney using the term effectively in a positive way: "Our power, granted to us by the people, is ... likes to target Republicans." I used the term "blow up" only once, as follows: "In many cases, we need to be told, not ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2011-01-17 12:35 - 0 comments

  5. The Benefits of Hyperlinking Ethics Codes, and the Dependency of Children

    ... contracts does not define “family,” although it uses the term. The term is defined by a 1980 Advisory Opinion , which can be found on the Ohio ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2008-06-18 13:07 - 0 comments

  6. The Educational Opportunities of a Local Ethics Case in Massachusetts

    ... with nonprofits. One thing that gets in the way is the term that the Massachusetts ethics code uses for government officials and ... to include officials, but who reads the definition when the term appears to be clear? This is somewhat corrected by having the first ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-03-22 09:35 - 0 comments

  7. A Look at 2013

    ... or commission can, throught ethics advice, define a vague term such as "close friend." The decision also made it clear that an ... St. Louis Post-Dispatch coined a new government ethics term , dyscronia, which I have defined as "characterized by difficulty with ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-12-30 15:18 - 0 comments

  8. Dealing with the Potential Conflicts Involved in EC Board Member Selection

    ... by the mayor. And the promise was made only for the "short term," which implies that, at some point in Spagnoletti's six-year term, he would be willing to participate in a matter involving the mayor, even ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2012-06-29 11:04 - 0 comments

  9. A Proposed Procurement Review Task Force in Miami-Dade

    ... the mayor's view is skewed toward the second goal. The term "value added" refers to what is added to goods in production. It is a business, not a government term. The use of the term in this context, where government meets business, implies that the values ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2014-05-13 08:57 - 0 comments

  10. Standards of Proof in Ethics Enforcement

    ... I would bet that the legislators who used the term "probable cause" meant a "preponderance of evidence," but used the term "probable cause," because that is what they found in other ethics codes ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2008-06-10 10:00 - 2 comments