Articles Tagged with Ethics

Politicians have always sought to wrap themselves in the military and the flag.  The recent crisis of political identity has various politicians mistating or failing to correct their military record.  Here is a reminder to those in uniform that active duty military have some restrictions on what they can say or do in the political fights.  I posted on this earlier, but here is a Navy Times report that:

The Pentagon said Republican Senate candidate Mark Kirk has been cautioned twice for improperly mingling politics with his military service, but Kirk’s campaign denied any improper conduct Tuesday.

The Defense Department said Monday night that Kirk, a commander in the Navy Reserve, was warned after two incidents of political activity while he was on active duty. Before being allowed to go on active duty again in Afghanistan, Kirk was required to sign a statement acknowledging he knew to avoid all political work.

Dwight Sullivan and I have often referred to Professor Melinkoff’s book, “The Conscience of a Lawyer.”  One synopsis says:

Begins with the 1840 murder trial Regina vs. Courvoisier, when, before the second day of trial, Benjamin Courvoisier, the accused, confesses to his lawyer that he committed the crime. The first half of the text describes, in polished narrative style, the course and circumstances of this highly intriguing trial. In the remainder, the author discusses the intricate ethical, moral and strategic issues raised by the uncomfortable position in which the defense counsel is found.

In a CAAFLog posting Dwight says:

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