Thursday, May 18, 2006

INVESTIGATING JUDGES' ETHICS -- NYT editorial: "Congress is considering a bill to establish an inspector general who would have the power to investigate federal judges. It's not surprising that lawmakers don't have faith in the judiciary's ability to police its own ethics. But Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has called the idea 'scary,' and she is right because an inquisitor of this kind would pose a threat to the independence of the judiciary. The best way to deal with the underlying problem of judges' behavior, and to keep Congress from intruding on their autonomy, is for judges to finally get serious about holding themselves to high ethical standards."