The Appeals Court Judges Violated Ethics Laws

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It is sad when the Appeals Court Judges Violated Ethics Laws, Report Says according to Sam Hananel in the Huffington Post on April 28,2014. The Center for Public Integrity released a report Monday that found twenty-four cases in which judges ruled on the case despite owning stock in the company appearing before them. Also in another two cases the judges where financially tied to the law firms representing the parties. When the judges found out sixteen of them sent out letters to the parties involved to disclose the violations. The judges said that their “failure to withdraw from the cases was an oversight.” (Hananel) In a 2011 case the 11th United States Circuit Court of Appeals judge in Atlanta, Judge James Hill, ruled in favor of the health care giant Johnson & Johnson while in a lawsuit over a malfunctioning medication pump. Judge James Hill apparently owned $100,000 in Johnson & Johnson stock during this verdict. According to a new policy adopted by the Judicial Conference in the United States back in 2006, all federal courts are required to conduct automated screenings to help avoid possible conflicts of interest in court cases. The database sadly is only as good as the information provided by the judges. Also according to federal law, judges who own even one share in a company must disqualify themselves from the case. An investigation of the three most recent years of financial disclosure reports that 255 out of the 258 judges who sit in the 13 federal appeals

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