Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Institutionalized Judicial Misconduct
Oh, there might be one problem still. The paper is supposed to be the watchdog of the government, including the Judiciary--are they going to be hard (tough but fair) on their tenant? Is there a conflict of interest in the top of the Colorado Judiciary having the only big daily paper left in the state as a landlord?
Here is part of Canon 2 of the Colorado Code of Judicial Conduct, titled, A Judge Should Avoid Impropriety and the Appearance of Impropriety in All the Judge's Activities:
I'm a member of the public and I think this deal stinks. I think our state's appellate judges are apt to be less impartial to their landlord and there certainly is the appearance of a conflict of interest even if the individual judges and justices can rise above the taint of this deal and act impartially.
A judge should...conduct himself or herself at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary.
I don't think I'm alone in this judgment.
(h/t Carol Chambers)