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    | posted by The Heretik | Tuesday, February 06, 2007

    A commission of the American Bar Association has recommended that the group weaken its code of judicial conduct by changing, from a mandatory rule to nonbinding advice, an instruction to judges to “avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety.”

    Supporters of the change say disciplining judges for violating a concept as vague as “the appearance of impropriety” is unfair.

    Is this really too much to ask for? 

    American Bar Association

    News about the American Bar Association, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.


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    Mr. Mukasey in Denial

    Attorney General Michael Mukasey’s speech to the American Bar Association is further evidence that, like his predecessor, he cares more about politics than justice.

    August 13, 2008

      He Broke My Heart; I’ll Sing (and Sue)

      He Broke My Heart; I’ll Sing (and Sue)

      The American Bar Association played host to a mock hearing featuring witnesses from Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.”

      August 9, 2008

        Executions Resume, as Do Questions of Fairness

        The release of inmates raises questions about whether states are supplying defendants with adequate counsel.

        May 7, 2008

          Eyes on Supreme Court in Execution Case Tuesday

          The Supreme Court may give the clearest indication so far of whether it intends to halt the practice of lethal injection.

          October 30, 2007

            Legal Aid Offer for Detainees Is Retracted

            The American Bar Association says it does not want to “lend support and credibility” to what it called inadequate legal protections for the 340 men held at Guantánamo.

            September 29, 2007

              Judge Rejects Charges for 13 on Tax Shelter

              A federal judge’s sharply worded ruling blaming prosecutors was the latest twist in what the government has billed as its showpiece tax shelter case.

              July 17, 2007

                A Deal for the Public: If You Win, You Lose

                A Deal for the Public: If You Win, You Lose

                In courts around the nation, in cases involving tobacco, lead paint and guns, state attorneys general have been outsourcing government power to private lawyers.

                July 9, 2007

                  States Face Decisions on Who Is Mentally Fit to Vote

                  States Face Decisions on Who Is Mentally Fit to Vote

                  Advocates for the mentally ill are trying to secure voting rights while concern mounts about the rights and risks.

                  June 19, 2007

                    Sudanese Lawyers Receive Guidance for Possible Trials Over Darfur

                    Sudanese lawyers are looking ahead to the day when victims of mass rape and torture seek justice in tribunals like the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

                    June 7, 2007

                      Workers’ Safety and the Gun Lobby

                      The gun lobby is running into a commendable challenge from corporate America.

                      March 30, 2007












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