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  1. Detroit and the Loyalties of Local Government Attorneys

    ... public interest. Determining the Public Interest Of course, it's not always easy to know when an official is acting in his or her ... the decision, due to his clear conflict of interest. Of course, by this time, the law department was also protecting itself. ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2018-12-19 17:18 - 0 comments

  2. Summer Reading: The Righteous Mind VI: Fairness and Moral Disgust

    ... requires:  honesty, openness, and respect. And, of course, the responsible spending of our tax dollars, which means competitive ... or even much less than, what they have given. Of course, all the foundations come into play to some extent. Ethical misconduct ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2018-12-19 17:18 - 0 comments

  3. Conflict of Interest

    ... confidential information acquired by him or her in the course of and by reason of his or her official duties. What does it mean to ... that his relationship would not bias his decision. Of course it will bias his decision. And not only that, it will look to town ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2007-02-16 20:59 - 9 comments

  4. Winter Reading: Zephyr Teachout's "The Forgotten Law of Lobbying"

    ... or the appointments to public offices, or the ordinary course of legislation, are void as against public policy, without reference to ... residents can afford to hiring a lobbyist. They could, of course, join together and hire a former council member to lobby for them. But ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2018-12-19 17:18 - 0 comments

  5. Confidential Information Provisions, Ethics, and Transparency

    ... information is in the public interest, for example, in the course of blowing the whistle on improper conduct by other officials ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2018-12-19 17:18 - 0 comments

  6. Ethics Professionals Need to Defend Their Own

    ... including one by a sponsor of the bill. Although, of course, the bill does not mention Sexton by name, it is a bill directed toward ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2007-07-19 09:24 - 0 comments

  7. Trusting Public Boards of Trustees in San Diego County

    ... just the grand jury doing it once every few years." Of course, the "they" here are local government agencies:  five community college ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2018-12-19 17:18 - 0 comments

  8. The Home-Field Advantage Theory of Government Ethics

    ... Not all such abuses are covered by ethics laws, of course. This blog post looks at an instance of abuse that is not covered. It ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2018-12-19 17:18 - 1 comment

  9. Local Government Financial Advisers Must Have No Conflicts

    ... Times . At the center of this decision was, of course, a conflict of interest. The board of ed's independent financial adviser ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2018-12-19 17:18 - 0 comments

  10. Hatch Act Problems and a Solution

    ... prosecutor in an election? That's the American way. Of course, the other thing that was going on here is that the prosecutor had one ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2018-12-19 17:18 - 0 comments