Why Judges Keep Recusing Themselves From a N.Y.C. Vaccine Mandate Case

The city’s teachers, who sued over vaccine requirements, said the judges assigned to the case owned thousands of dollars of Covid-19 vaccine-maker stock, which could affect their rulings.

#buchwald-naomi-reice, #caproni-valerie-e-1955, #conflicts-of-interest, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #ramos-edgardo-1960, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Eric Adams Still Partially Owns Brooklyn Co-Op, According to Records

Mayor Eric Adams has said that he no longer owns a Brooklyn co-op, despite public records to the contrary. But in public filings, he acknowledged ownership.

#adams-eric-l, #conflicts-of-interest, #conflicts-of-interest-board-nyc, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

A Trooper’s Lethal Force Was Justified by His Boss’s Wife: The Prosecutor

A Pennsylvania district attorney is married to the former supervisor of Jay Splain, a state trooper responsible for four deadly shootings over the past 15 years.

#conflicts-of-interest, #graf-pier-hess, #pennsylvania, #pennsylvania-state-police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #splain-jay

As Adams Praised a New Police Tool, a Close Ally Had a Stake in the Maker

Mayor Eric Adams and his chief of staff, Frank Carone, say Mr. Adams’s endorsement of BolaWrap was entirely coincidental.

#adams-eric-l, #brooklyn-nyc, #carone-frank-attorney, #conflicts-of-interest, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #new-york-city, #politics-and-government, #wrap-technologies-inc

Trump Completes Sale of Washington Hotel to Investor Group

The favored gathering place of Trump supporters — and a magnet for conflict of interest questions — will become a Waldorf Astoria.

#conflicts-of-interest, #real-estate-commercial, #trump-international-hotel-washington-dc, #trump-organization, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Trump Settles Suit Over Payments to Hotel for 2017 Inauguration

The lawsuit brought by the attorney general in Washington, D.C., claimed that the Trump hotel accepted excessive payments from the inaugural committee.

#conflicts-of-interest, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #inaugurations, #nonprofit-organizations, #racine-karl-a, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-international-hotel-washington-dc, #trump-organization, #trump-donald-j, #washington-dc

Congress Has to Ask How Much McKinsey Hurt the F.D.A.

Three critical questions to secure F.D.A. integrity.

#conflicts-of-interest, #consultants, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #food-and-drug-administration, #mckinseyco, #opioids-and-opiates

Crime Stoppers of Houston Takes a Partisan Turn

Crime Stoppers of Houston built its reputation on a successful tip line. Then it decided to take on Democratic judges.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #conflicts-of-interest, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #crime-stoppers-usa, #criminal-justice, #houston-tex, #nonprofit-organizations, #ogg-kim, #philanthropy, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

Trump Hotel Sale in Washington Will End an Era

The $375 million sale of a Washington hotel that served as an influence and access bazaar for lawmakers, administration officials and other Trump allies is slated to be finalized this month.

#conflicts-of-interest, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #trump-international-hotel-washington-dc, #trump-organization, #trump-donald-j, #waldorf-astoria-hotels-and-resorts, #washington-dc

McKinsey Opened a Door in Its Firewall Between Pharma Clients and Regulators

The firm let consultants advise both drugmakers and their government overseers, internal records show. “Who we know and what we know” was part of their pitch.

#azar-alex-m-ii, #conflicts-of-interest, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #food-and-drug-administration, #mckinseyco, #opioids-and-opiates, #purdue-pharma, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

Before Giving Billions to Jared Kushner, Saudi Investment Fund Had Big Doubts

Before it committed $2 billion to Mr. Kushner’s firm, Public Investment Fund officials questioned the justification for taking such a big risk.

#affinity-partners, #conflicts-of-interest, #foreign-investments, #kushner-jared, #mnuchin-steven-t, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #politics-and-government, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #public-investment-fund-saudi-arabia, #saudi-arabia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Trump Officials Failed to Provide Accounting of Foreign Gifts

The State Department could not compile a list of gifts for 2020, making it difficult to determine whether officials did anything improper.

#conflicts-of-interest, #gifts-to-public-officials, #pence-mike, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Ginni Thomas’s Texts, and the Limits of Chief Justice Roberts’s Power

His title notwithstanding, the chief justice cannot force a colleague’s recusal. If Justice Clarence Thomas is to disqualify himself, it will be his decision.

#conflicts-of-interest, #democratic-party, #kagan-elena, #letters, #meadows-mark-r-1959, #pelosi-nancy, #roberts-john-g-jr, #senate, #supreme-court-us, #thomas-virginia-lamp, #trump-donald-j

Senator Joe Manchin’s Conflict of Interest

How the West Virginia lawmaker intervened on behalf of a coal plant, and earned millions along the way.

#audio-neutral-informative, #coal, #conflicts-of-interest, #manchin-joe-iii, #senate, #west-virginia

How Joe Manchin Aided Coal, and Earned Millions

At every step of his political career, Joe Manchin helped a West Virginia power plant that is the sole customer of his private coal business. Along the way, he blocked ambitious climate action.

#american-bituminous-power-partners-ambit, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coal, #conflicts-of-interest, #edison-international, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #enersystems-inc, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #factories-and-manufacturing, #global-warming, #grant-town-w-va, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #manchin-joe-iii, #manchin-joseph-iv, #mines-and-mining, #nrg-energy-inc, #politics-and-government, #senate, #senate-committee-on-energy-and-natural-resources, #sumitomo-corporation, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-virginia

Justice Thomas Ruled on Election Cases. Should His Wife’s Texts Have Stopped Him?

The nature of the text messages was enough to require recusal, legal experts said. But the Supreme Court has traditionally left such decisions to the discretion of the justice in question.

#conflicts-of-interest, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #harvard-university, #meadows-mark-r-1959, #presidential-election-of-2020, #roberts-john-g-jr, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #thomas-clarence, #thomas-virginia-lamp, #trump-donald-j

Shelter Operator Cited for Nepotism Still Gets Millions in City Funds

New York officials found misspending by African American Planning Commission, which runs homeless shelters, but public money continued to flow.

#african-american-planning-commission, #conflicts-of-interest, #department-of-social-services, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #executive-compensation, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #group-homes-and-supportive-housing, #homeless-persons, #nepotism, #new-york-city, #nonprofit-organizations

Selling Trump: A Profitable Post-Presidency Like No Other

Much as he did while in the White House, Donald Trump has thoroughly blurred the lines between his political ambitions and his business interests, with a wide-ranging set of moneymaking ventures.

#conflicts-of-interest, #political-action-committees, #trump-organization, #trump-donald-j, #trump-melania, #united-states-politics-and-government

Should You Manage Your Own Stock Portfolio?

Stocks are swinging all over the place. It’s a good time to take your hands off the wheel — here’s how to let go.

#asset-allocation-personal-finances, #betterment-llc, #burr-richard-m, #conflicts-of-interest, #content-type-service, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #ocasio-cortez-alexandria, #personal-finances, #stocks-and-bonds

In North Carolina, a Pitched Battle Over Gerrymanders and Justices

A fight over who is fit to hear a redistricting case highlights what experts say is the growing influence of ideology and money over state supreme courts nationwide.

#berger-phil-jr, #conflicts-of-interest, #earls-anita, #ervin-samuel-james-iv, #north-carolina, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #supreme-courts-state

Eric Adams Can Hire His Brother, but at Salary of $1, Not $210,000

Instead of overseeing the mayor’s security detail, Bernard Adams will be a senior adviser to the mayor with no supervisory role after an ethics board ruling.

#adams-bernard, #adams-eric-l, #conflicts-of-interest, #conflicts-of-interest-board-nyc, #hiring-and-promotion, #nepotism, #new-york-city, #police, #police-department-nyc

What Eric Adams’s Hires Say About Him: Loyalty Comes First

Mr. Adams, who has brought a number of close allies into City Hall, says he is subject to greater scrutiny over hiring than his predecessors faced.

#adams-bernard, #adams-eric-l, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #conflicts-of-interest, #mayors, #nepotism, #politics-and-government

Silvio Berlusconi Angles for Italy’s Presidency, Bunga Bunga and All

The billionaire former prime minister is working hard to persuade lawmakers to vote for him next week, despite an unusual résumé for a job resting on moral authority.

#berlusconi-silvio, #conflicts-of-interest, #democratic-party-italy, #di-maio-luigi, #draghi-mario, #five-star-movement-italy, #grillo-beppe, #italy, #law-and-legislation, #league-italian-political-party, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #mattarella-sergio, #politics-and-government

Eric Adams Cuts His Brother’s Duties After Giving Him Top Police Job

Amid concerns of nepotism, Bernard Adams will be executive director of mayoral security, not deputy police commissioner. He will earn $210,000.

#adams-eric-l, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #conflicts-of-interest, #conflicts-of-interest-board-nyc, #nepotism, #new-york-city, #police-department-nyc

A Fed Official’s 2020 Trade Drew Outcry. It Went Further Than First Disclosed.

Corrected disclosures show that Vice Chair Richard H. Clarida sold a stock fund, then swiftly repurchased it before a big Fed announcement.

#clarida-richard-h-1957, #conflicts-of-interest, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #federal-reserve-bank-of-dallas, #federal-reserve-system, #kaplan-robert-s, #powell-jerome-h, #rosengren-eric-s, #securities-and-exchange-commission, #stocks-and-bonds

Louisiana Judge Who Used Racial Slur in Video Resigns

Michelle Odinet, of the City Court of Lafayette, La., resigned on Friday, saying in a letter that “my words did not foster the public’s confidence and integrity for the judiciary.”

#black-people, #conflicts-of-interest, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #discrimination, #lafayette-la, #michelle-odinet, #race-and-ethnicity, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

BBC to Look Into Alan Dershowitz Interview on Ghislaine Maxwell Verdict

The American lawyer spoke to the British broadcaster about the verdict in the Ghislaine Maxwell case, but his connections to the case were not made clear.

#british-broadcasting-corp, #conflicts-of-interest, #dershowitz-alan-m, #epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #giuffre-virginia-roberts, #maxwell-ghislaine, #sex-crimes, #television

After 4 Killings, ‘Officer of the Year’ Is Still on the Job

A Pennsylvania state trooper was returned to duty following three investigations by his own agency. A fourth inquiry is underway.

#conflicts-of-interest, #deaths-fatalities, #pennsylvania, #pennsylvania-state-police, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #splain-jay

Ethics Investigators in Congress Increasingly Run Into Walls

Lawmakers under scrutiny are more likely than before to simply refuse to cooperate with an inquiry.

#conflicts-of-interest, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #house-of-representatives, #office-of-congressional-ethics, #senate, #senate-committee-on-ethics, #united-states-politics-and-government

Another Judge Quits Guantánamo Case

No new judge has been named to preside in the trial of a Qaeda commander, which has had four judges in seven years.

#conflicts-of-interest, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #iraqi-abdul-hadi-al, #military-tribunals, #scholarships-and-fellowships, #september-11-2001, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zimmerman-michael-d

Britney Spears Felt Trapped. Her Business Manager Benefited.

Louise Taylor faces questions about whether she improperly enriched herself as the pop star’s business manager.

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De Blasio Fought for 2 Years to Keep Ethics Warning Secret. Here’s Why.

Mayor Bill de Blasio was warned that he created an “appearance of coercion and improper access” by directly contacting donors who had business before the city.

#campaign-finance, #campaign-for-one-new-york, #conflicts-of-interest, #conflicts-of-interest-board-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #new-york-city, #new-york-times, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

A Top SoftBank Executive Wants $2 Billion in Pay. His Boss Disagrees.

The SoftBank founder, Masayoshi Son, is locked in a dispute over compensation that his key deputy, Marcelo Claure, insists he should be paid.

#binance, #claure-marcelo, #conflicts-of-interest, #executive-compensation, #japan, #neumann-adam, #softbank-corporation, #son-masayoshi, #sprint-nextel-corporation, #wework-companies-inc

Chris Cuomo Has a Funny Idea About What Doing His Job Means

Reporting on the suspension of a brotherly TV host.

#cnn, #conflicts-of-interest, #cuomo-andrew-m, #cuomo-christopher, #cuomo-mario-m, #governors-us, #new-york-state, #news-and-news-media, #sexual-harassment

N.Y.C. Severs Ties With Housing Nonprofit Run by Jack A. Brown III

The city will no longer work with CORE Services Group, the nonprofit run by Jack A. Brown to provide housing and services to the homeless.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #brown-jack-a-iii, #conflicts-of-interest, #core-services-group-inc, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #homeless-persons, #nepotism, #new-york-city, #nonprofit-organizations, #wages-and-salaries

Trump to Sell Marquee Washington Hotel for at Least $375 Million

The pending deal to sell the Trump International Hotel, often the subject of controversy during his presidency, comes after years of financial losses at the property.

#cgi-merchant-group, #conflicts-of-interest, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #trump-international-hotel-washington-dc, #trump-organization, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden to Choose Robert Califf to Lead F.D.A., Despite Drug Industry Ties

Dr. Robert M. Califf, an academic and clinical trial researcher who ran the agency in 2016, has also consulted for pharmaceutical companies.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #califf-robert-m, #clinical-trials, #conflicts-of-interest, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #duke-university, #food-and-drug-administration, #manchin-joe-iii, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states-politics-and-government

University of Florida Reverses Course to Allow Professors to Testify Against State

Facing a storm of protest, the university said three professors could testify as expert witnesses in a voting-rights lawsuit against the state.

#colleges-and-universities, #conflicts-of-interest, #desantis-ron, #florida, #university-of-florida

Trump Allies Are Prominent at Saudi Investment Conference

But the Biden administration sent only a deputy commerce secretary to the high-profile gathering, amid shifts in global politics and diplomatic strains.

#conflicts-of-interest, #foreign-investments, #mnuchin-steven-t, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #private-equity, #riyadh-saudi-arabia, #scaramucci-anthony, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Demand for Money Behind Many Police Traffic Stops

Busted taillights, missing plates, tinted windows: Across the U.S., ticket revenue funds towns — and the police responsible for finding violations.

#conflicts-of-interest, #fines-penalties, #ohio, #oklahoma, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #traffic-and-parking-violations, #virginia

Hochul Acts to Open Up a Government Long Defined by Back-Room Deals

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s broad transparency effort included details of her recusal plans for her husband’s business dealings with the state.

#conflicts-of-interest, #delaware-north-cos, #joint-commission-on-public-ethics-nys, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government

‘Shell Game’: How Chemical Companies Avoid Paying for Pollution

DuPont factories pumped dangerous substances into the environment. The company and its offspring have gone to great lengths to dodge responsibility.

#3m-company, #air-pollution, #cancer, #cape-fear-river-north-carolina, #chemicals, #chemours-company, #conflicts-of-interest, #dupont-co, #environmental-protection-agency, #factories-and-manufacturing, #fayetteville-nc, #fayetteville-works, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #kullman-ellen-j, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #peltz-nelson, #pfas-per-and-polyfluoroalkyl-substances, #regan-michael-s-1976, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #water-pollution

Trump Hotel Lost Money, Despite Lobbyist Spending, Documents Show

House investigators released data revealing that the hotel in Washington lost $74 million from 2016 to 2020, a figure disputed by the Trump Organization.

#conflicts-of-interest, #house-committee-on-oversight-and-government-reform, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-international-hotel-washington-dc, #trump-donald-j, #trump-eric-f-1984, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden’s Pick for Top Antitrust Official Was a Star Corporate Lawyer

How Jonathan Kanter, the Biden administration’s choice to be the Justice Department’s antitrust chief, became a progressive foe of Big Tech.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #computers-and-the-internet, #conflicts-of-interest, #federal-trade-commission, #kanter-jonathan-s, #law-and-legislation, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government

Housing Boss Earns $1 Million to Run Shelters Despite a Troubled Past

Some executives at nonprofit groups that operate New York City homeless shelters are benefiting from the plight of the people they serve.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #brown-jack-a-iii, #conflicts-of-interest, #core-services-group-inc, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #executive-compensation, #frauds-and-swindling, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #group-homes-and-supportive-housing, #homeless-persons, #nepotism, #new-york-city, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy, #rivera-victor-m-1960

Why Public Officials Should Invest in the Index Mutual Fund

Government officials should not be allowed to own shares of public companies.

#conflicts-of-interest, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states-politics-and-government

Pennsylvania Prosecutor Charged in Rape at Woman’s Home, Police Say

Jeffrey L. Thomas, the district attorney in Somerset County, Pa., was charged with rape, indecent and simple assault, strangulation and criminal trespass.

#conflicts-of-interest, #pennsylvania, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #somerset-county-penn, #thomas-jeffrey-lynn, #windber-pa

Former Prosecutor in Ahmaud Arbery’s Death Faces Criminal Charges

Jackie Johnson was indicted by a grand jury in Glynn County, Ga., on charges of “violation of oath of public officer” and “obstruction and hindering a law enforcement officer.”

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #bryan-william-roddie, #carr-christopher-m, #conflicts-of-interest, #georgia, #johnson-jackie-1972, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

Where’s Eric Adams? Meeting Donors, From the Hamptons to the Vineyard.

Eric Adams, the Democratic nominee for mayor of New York City, is rushing to raise $5 million for the general election in November.

#adams-eric-l, #campaign-finance, #conflicts-of-interest, #democratic-party, #elections-mayors, #hamptons-ny, #marthas-vineyard-mass, #new-york-city, #political-action-committees

Turmoil Was Brewing at Time’s Up Long Before Cuomo

The prominent anti-harassment charity, criticized for its relationship with the former New York governor, is facing an identity crisis over its ties to those in power.

#metoo-movement, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #burke-tarana, #conflicts-of-interest, #cuomo-andrew-m, #derosa-melissa, #hollywood-calif, #kaplan-roberta-a, #new-york-state, #reade-tara, #rhimes-shonda, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #simmons-russell, #tchen-tina, #times-up, #washington-dc, #winfrey-oprah, #witherspoon-reese