Judicial Conference Revises Ethics Rules For Judges

Law360, New York (March 17, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The code of conduct for federal judges has been substantially revised for the first time since 1992 to clarify and define a number of ethical restrictions, including a duty for judges to keep political and financial influences out of their decisions.

The Judicial Conference of the United States expanded the list of impermissible influences during a biannual meeting Monday. The list outlined in the code had previously included only family and social influences.

The new code, for the first time, also defines what it means for...
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