State judges: We don't need no stinkin' disclosure

By John Dunbar, Reity O'Brien, Kytja Weir and Chris Young

Officials defend limited financial disclosure for high court judges.

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"… chers in 2009 ranked the requirements tops in the nation, said Jim Sumner, director of the Ethics Commission, in the Birmingham News. Justices are requir …"

"… formation for spouses or dependent children.” Melissa Farley, executive director of the external affairs division of the Connecticut Judicial Branch, point …"

"… odology, and we are not sure of its usefulness.” John Marion, executive director of Common Cause Rhode Island, said there is “definitely room for improve …"

Wisconsin justice's spouse head of union-busting law firm

By Chris Young

Wisconsin Supreme Court justice married to head of firm that battles unions.

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"… ions remain about how the law applies to state employees.     …"

"… n Walsh Bradley’s husband is Mark J. Bradley, a lawyer for Ruder Ware, a Wisconsin-based law firm that specializes in decertifying unions and other pro-busin …"

"… re is representing a party,” he said. Marsha Mansfield, a University of Wisconsin law professor who specializes in legal ethics, says the justice’s ethica …"

"… he adds, “it has to be more than just a perceived bias.” According to Wisconsin’s Code of Judicial Conduct, judges should sit out cases in which judges …"