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  1. North Carolina Legislature Is About to Pass a Nearly Worthless, and Possibly Dangerous, Local Government Ethics Law

    ... range of meanings. Does it include conflicts of interest, a term that only appears, almost magically, in the education section of the ... word "impropriety," usually used in an ethics context in the term "appearance of impropriety," does not refer to appearances. Appearances of ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2009-07-17 11:22 - 0 comments

  2. The Carrigan Oral Argument: How to Deal with Vagueness

    ... over the past year, was the last oral argument of the term. Was this putting local government ethics in the caboose or saving the ... a private capacity to the interests of others" (an unusual term) to include family and business relationships, as well as "any other ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2011-05-04 11:57 - 5 comments


    ... The Mayor is elected on a non-partisan basis to a four-year term. The Honolulu City Council is the unicameral legislative body. ... Attorney is elected on a non-partisan basis to a four-year term. The City & County of Honolulu is one of only a handful of U.S. ...

    DonMc - 2006-06-24 16:27 - 0 comments

  4. Treating Inmates as Commodities in Louisiana Is a Local Government Ethics Problem

    ... The series has introduced into popular culture the term "honey hole," one sheriff's description of the cells in his prison, ... do not belong in prison, the ruining of lives in the short term and often the long. This is not solely a government ethics problem, ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2012-05-27 08:20 - 0 comments

  5. Should an Ethics Provision Limit an Official's Discretion to Withdraw?

    ... pecuniary interest involved. (Also note how the use of the term "interest" doesn't work well in this discussion; another reason why I prefer the use of the term "benefit.") In short, this is a poorly written provision. It is a ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2011-02-21 09:00 - 0 comments

  6. Withdrawal from Participation

    ... for what is required, because it is a technical, judicial term. In a court case, it is assumed that a judge with a conflict will not only ... don't know this. "Withdrawal from participation" is a better term, because everyone understands that it covers the entire matter, not just ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-10-19 08:24

  7. Arguments For and Against "Resign to Run" Laws

    ... that have such laws, such as Phoenix and Dallas, also have term limits for council members. Philadelphia does not. Philadelphia's ... In fact, the problem is more common where there are term limits, because career politicians are forced to move around ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-12-05 09:53 - 0 comments

  8. Abuse of Citizen Ignorance in an Ethics-Related Referendum

    ... the improvement of ethics programs also favor such things as term limits, referendums and initiatives, and pension forfeiture by those found ... and provide that any outside employment during their term in office will be regulated solely by the requirements of ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2012-08-09 10:32 - 2 comments

  9. Problems with Santa Fe County's Aspirational, Yet Enforceable Draft Code of Conduct

    ... "unbefitting a public official" is a military term, but unlike in the military here it is undefined, providing officials with ... commissions that lack this training. The second odd term here is "simply to reward" as well as the inclusion in the list of the ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-09-11 08:42 - 0 comments

  10. Ex-South Gate treasurer convicted in bribery case

    ... country in the face of what is likely to be a long prison term, prosecutors asked U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson to jail him ... years behind bars, but under federal sentencing guidelines a term of about 10 years is probable, legal experts said. Wilson said he saw ...

    DonMc - 2005-10-09 17:56 - 2 comments