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Robert Wechsler
The Nevada legislative immunity appellate briefs have been filed, and they are worth reading for those interested in the intersection between government ethics enforcement and legislative immunity, an intersection where, in the last year, there have been a few collisions harmful to the cause of government ethics. Although this case involves a state legislator, it is in some ways applicable to local government legislators.

The essential facts are straightforward. Twenty-four years...
Robert Wechsler
It's an excellent way to start an administration, with two executive orders on government ethics and transparency. It sends an important message to governments at all levels that even in the midst of economic crisis and war, ethics is a number one priority.

One executive order, Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel, requires an ethics pledge by all appointees. The...