Courts Cracking Down On Judges: Experts

Law360 (June 20, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A recent spate of high-profile cases in which judges are being investigated for alleged misconduct demonstrates the courts' growing intolerance for judicial indiscretions, according to judicial ethics experts.

Several cases of allegedly improper judicial actions have reached headlines in recent months.

Bankrupt mining company Harman Development Corp. asked the U.S. Supreme Court this month to review West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin's decision not to recuse himself from a decision involving Massey Energy, whose CEO had spent more than $3 million promoting the judge's candidacy in 2004.

Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth...

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