Muni-mail – Firms with Judges Banned from Political Contributions – In re Boggia

[7/27/10 – 10:12 am] This morning, in a landmark decision, the New Jersey Supreme Court banned all law firms in our state who employ a part-time judge from making political contributions. Partners and associates of such a law firm remain free to make political contributions from their own personal accounts using their personal funds. In announcing this ruling, captioned In re Boggia, the Justices acquitted the respondent judge of any ethical violations. The respondent had been accused of ethical violations as a result of campaign contributions made by his law firm partner against his express instructions. The Supreme Court also referred this new prohibition on law firm activities to the Professional Responsibility Rules Committee and the Advisory Committee on Extrajudicial Activity and ask them to develop appropriate rules to implement today’s decision.

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