With Joe Biden and Democrats running amuck in D.C., it falls to our judiciary branch to protect our rights and freedoms. Federal judges, on various courts across the land, make rulings that affect each one of us every day.
But can the people who interpret and uphold the law be trusted?
When Donald Trump was president, he set a record in appointing more federal judges than previous presidents. These conservative-minded judges were hand-picked for their commitment to the Constitution and our ethics.
However, it looks like he didn’t appoint enough. Because there are some snakes left in the judiciary.
From The Hill:
One hundred and thirty-one federal judges oversaw court cases involving companies in which they or their family members owned stock, according to a new investigation.
Those judges violated U.S. law and judicial ethics as they failed to recuse themselves from a total of 685 court cases in which they may have had a conflict of interest…
While nothing prohibits judges from holding individual stocks, the code of conduct for federal judges requires that they recuse themselves given any financial interest in a case or “ownership of a legal or equitable interest, however small.”
This is pretty bad. An investigation from the Wall Street Journal revealed that 131 federal judges ruled on cases in which they had a conflict of interest. In the 685 cases investigated, these judges or their families had stock in the businesses involved. About 2/3rd of the rulings were in favor of the companies they had stock in.
That casts a pretty heavy shadow on those rulings. U.S. law and other judicial ethics rules require judges to disclose their financial interests. If a case proves to present a conflict of interest, a judge must recuse himself, by not presiding over that case.
Yet these judges had no problem ruling on cases they knew would pose a conflict. Can we trust their decisions were not influenced by their desire to protect their financial investments? Do we know these cases were tainted by greed?
The cases took place over a ten-year span, from 2010 to 2020. And you better believe the lawyers involved won’t take this lying down. Already numerous cases are being examined. This could lead to rulings being overturned and justice perverted.
And it’s a reminder that every branch of the government needs stiff accountability, or the corrupt with thrive.
- A report revealed 131 federal judges ruled on cases with conflicts of interest.
- In 2/3rd of these cases, they ruled in favor of companies in which they had financial stake.
- This involved 685 cases over the last ten years.
Source: The Hill