After White: Defending and Amending Canons of Judicial Ethics
Publication Date: January 2004
Publisher(s): Brennan Center for Justice
Author(s): J.J. Gass
Special Collection: The Joyce Foundation
Keywords: Independence & Accountability; Fair Courts; Democracy
These are challenging times for those who would preserve the distinction between the judiciary and the political branches of government, particularly in states in which judges are elected. But reports of the canons’ demise in the wake of White have been greatly exaggerated. Through effective defense in litigation, participation in revisions of the canons, and creative use of alternatives, defenders of the canons can protect a vital, impartial,
and independent judiciary.