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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 - 2010-05-03 07:58 - 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 - 2012-07-18 19:09 - 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 - 2014-02-13 13:50 - 0 comments

  5. Ethics Reform in Niles (IL): Don't Try This at Home

    ... apparently no reality), an active village attorney and, of course, the village board and mayor. A lot of chefs, and no meal. According ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-11-04 14:43 - 0 comments

  6. Rhode Island Legislative Immunity Brief

    ... two apparently conflicting provisions wherever possible. Of course, the judge didn't do this, but actually eviscerated one of the most ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2008-12-15 11:45 - 0 comments

  7. Ethics Reform in Seattle

    ... engaged in by the Covered Individual This is, of course, a vague standard, but it does encourage officials to disclose possible ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2009-06-16 08:12 - 0 comments

  8. Doing What Isn't Required

    ... friends. The official will be considered goody-goody. Of course, no one will say publicly that there is anything wrong with goody-goody. ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2012-06-18 06:37 - 0 comments

  9. Judge Allows Employees to Vote for Boss as Mayor in Chicago Heights

    ... alleged in the past, that there's never been a problem. Of course, the council members' boss has never been up for mayor, either. The ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2009-05-27 19:49 - 0 comments

  10. Free Speech and Open Meeting Laws

    ... reverence or obsessive devotion. Free speech is not, of course, a material object, but I do think that the value of protecting the free ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2011-02-06 16:53 - 0 comments