As part of a special report on judicial transparency, The National Law Journal says it found instances where groups that reimbursed a federal circuit judge’s travel costs also appeared before that judge in the next 18 months. Lawyers weren’t aware of the reimbursed expenses, yet they also did not think a conflict of interest was created, National Law Journal said.
The special report examines 257 financial reports submitted by federal appeals judges covering their activity in 2013. It makes the reports available to viewers. Other topical articles published in the special report include, “Judges’ Trips Reflect Gray Area in Ethics Rules” and “Judicial Disclosures: By The Numbers.”