The Law: A Code for Judges

Ever since the fall of Abe Fortas, critics of the Supreme Court have been urging Congress to impose a stiffer code of financial ethics on judges. Last week, at the urging of Chief Justice Earl Warren, the Judicial Conference of the U.S., composed of 25 leading federal judges, beat Congress to the punch by adopting a tough code on its own.

Warren's main objective in rushing adoption of the code was to protect the independence of the U.S. judiciary. Two bills now before Congress would require judges to make financial reports available to the House Judiciary Committee or to the Comptroller General,...

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