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  1. Summer Reading: What Money Can't Buy I

    What Money Can't Buy.jpg Harvard professor Michael Sandel's new book What Money Can't Buy: The Moral ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2014-01-31 15:28 - 0 comments

  2. "Vulgar Ethics"

    ... Vulgar Ethics Thesis ," this lecture introduced me to the term "vulgar ethics," which first appeared in a 1991 essay by Lewis Mainzer. ... right choice is to seek professional advice. I like the term "vulgar ethics." Although the word "vulgar" is unfortunately used ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-03-04 15:28 - 0 comments

  3. An Ethics Code in a Charter

    ... a budget sufficient to hire experts to advise it. C. Term and Vacancies . Task Force members will serve until the Code has ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-03-09 16:57 - 0 comments

  4. Institutional Corruption Conference II: Definition and Diagnosis

    ... Diagnosing Institutional Corruption Dennis Thompson, a Harvard professor whose book Ethics in Congress I wrote about in ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2012-02-08 14:42 - 0 comments

  5. When Voting Is Damaging, No Matter What the Ethics Code Says

    ... by the state ethics law . That law does not include the term "financial interest," nor does it talk in terms of direct and indirect ... interests affected. (By the way, this is the only use of the term "pecuniary interest" in the ethics law, but it is a common term in state ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-05-04 11:36 - 0 comments

  6. A Judicial Decision Involving the Language of "Interest" and Non-Financial Benefits

    ... That's one reason why "interest" is such a confusing term. It is not used because it is the best or clearest term. It is used because of the term "conflict of interest," and because lawyers feel comfortable with it. ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-11-13 10:58 - 0 comments

  7. An Attempt to Extend Legislative Immunity to Exclude Testimony and the Vagueness of "Regulated by the City"

    ... argument in this memorandum (p. 15 et seq) is that the term "regulated by the city" in the ethics code is void for vagueness. There is a long argument about what this term covers, since, as in most ethics codes where it appears (usually in ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2009-09-11 10:00 - 0 comments

  8. The Revolving Door Between Board Membershp and a Job Approved by the Board

    ... when the ethics commission was asked for a waiver (a term that better describes the action than the term "approval"). The EC waived the prohibition in a case where a member of the ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-07-22 09:27 - 0 comments

  9. Indirect Conflicts Involving Appointments

    ... a mayoral candidate, the candidate was elected, and the term of an EC member's term had come to an end, the mayor should either renew the member's term or let ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-10-31 11:15 - 0 comments

  10. "Interest" vs. "Benefit"

    ... verb). Another advantage of "benefit" is that using this term makes it clear why gifts are conflicts of interest. In fact, many ethics codes use the term "benefit" instead of "gift." The word "benefit" gives an ethics code more ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-04-23 10:40 - 0 comments