Judge Allows Law Clerk to Rule on Cases

This is a sad story. Judge that was investigated for allowing her law clerk to wear her robe and rule on traffic cases was found to be suffering from Alzheimer’s. Check out the article on the ABA Journal site. One question that hasn’t been answered is whether the law clerk (an attorney) could face any discipline. Probably wouldn’t be fair since the law clerk was following the lead of a judge; but that raises another question regarding an attorney’s independent ethical responsibilities.

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