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Collusion Memo Fallout

Several conservative groups are planning to file a formal ethics complaint with the Virginia State Bar against Elaine Jones of the NAACP LEgal Defense Fund for her role in delying the confirmation of Judge Julia Gibbons to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the Washington Times reports. According to internal memos by Democratic Senate Judiciary Committee staff, Ms. Jones sought to delay Gibbons’ confirmation so as to effect the outcome of the en banc ruling in the Universityof Michigan affirmative action case — a case in which the NAACP Legal Defense Fund was a party. According the complaint (excerpted here), “Ms. Jones violated both the spirit and letter of the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct when she intentionally acted to influence and disrupt an impartial tribunal that was then in the deliberative process of considering a landmark constitutional case in which she was counsel to one of the parties.”

Jonathan H. Adler — Mr. Adler is an NRO contributing editor and the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His latest book is Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane.


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