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Conflicted by conflict

Posted: September 15, 2009 11:13 p.m.
Updated: September 16, 2009 4:55 a.m.
There's something I don't understand.

When a judge or other officer of the court or a prospective juror has any sort of personal, business or vested interest in the outcome of a civil action (it's called conflict of interest), he/she is required by law to advise the court of that situation, and then is typically required to step aside and remove himself or herself from the legal proceedings.

So here's my question: Why can't our legislators likewise be required (also by law) to remove themselves from voting on any legislation when there is a conflict of interest?

Conflict of interest is always the scenario when a member of Congress or a Senator has accepted funds and luxury junkets and/or other favors from corporate beneficiaries and lobbyists who have a vested interest in pending or future legislation. These congressional Quislings (betrayers) could continue to bathe themselves in their buckets ‘o' boodle...but they wouldn't be permitted to reward their benefactors with their bought-and-paid-for votes.


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