Judicial Ethics are Public’s Business

The Legal Newsline Legal Journal reports that the Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices are split over whether or not the Court’s judicial ethics code needs revising.

“Wis. SC justices torn over possible new recusal rules”


The fact that the justices are “torn” is not news. Neither is the revelation that some think things are just fine the way they are, thank you very much — never mind that some of the things a couple of them have done and said certainly makes them appear to be ethically challenged, or at least clueless.

It seems to me that those who don’t understand that “perception” can be as important as actual and see no need to update the code are evidence that it probably does need examining, discussing and possible revising. Just as those mentioned in this report who eschew transparency and say discussing and possibly changing the code shouldn’t occur in an open meeting, indicates that, indeed, it should. Why shouldn’t it be? Do the justices who prefer secrecy have something to hide, particularly when it comes to how they conduct the public’s business?

4 responses to “Judicial Ethics are Public’s Business

  1. Thank you for letting me know about it, Sanoj, and I hope you will read my book “Anatomy of a Trial: Public Loss, Lessons Learned from The People vs. O.J. Simpson. The publisher, University of Missouri Press, is issuing it in e-format shortly. I’ll post on this blog when it’s available in digital format.

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