Financial Disclosures: Judges' Trips Reflect Gray Area in Ethics Rules

The National Law Journal


Judicial ethics rules encourage judges to get out and mingle with the bar and the public. At the same time, those rules place restrictions on judges' relationships off the bench to minimize conflicts of interest—real or perceived.

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  • Tandi Temple

    This impropriety not only exists in Federal Court, but is prevalent in State Courts throughout the US. Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta, especially the Family Division, is known for improprieties within re-election campaign funding. Judge Bensonetta Tipton Lane was in the media spotlight for John Mayoue‘s contributions to her re-election. Mayoue raised over 80% of Judge Lane‘s campaign funding. Shouldn‘t Judge Lane‘s impartiality be in question when Mayoue goes before Judge Lane? Isn‘t this equivalent to paying for a judge‘s rulings? Should judges be elected? As one of the "victims" of Judge Lane‘s court, this is a disgrace to our judicial system, that was designed to protect citizens.

  • Mrs. Sharon Anderson


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