Monday, August 20, 2007

Judge Sits Above Politics

A judge may not remain a member or otherwise participate in a club or committee of a political party after election to the bench, according to a recent opinion of the Standing Committee on Judicial Ethics and Election Practices in Nevada. Although the Nevada judicial conduct code does not specifically forbid such membership, "the fact that some activities are expressly prohibited does not mean that all others are permitted." The general canon that states that a judge "shall not be swayed by partisan interests" means that "the membership and participation contemplated here would...create the appearances and doubt which [the canons] are intended to prevent." (Mike Frisch)

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