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Judicial Ethics are Public’s Business

TheĀ Legal Newsline Legal JournalĀ 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?