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Report Card from Center for Public Integrity: Delaware gets an "F" on financial reporting transparency for Justices

The recent lawsuit from pizza baron Dominick Pulieri - founder of the Grotto Pizza Chain - alledging a sitting Federal judge, Joseph Farnan Jr., masterminded a $2.5 Million swindle underscores that judges themselves are not immune to serious questions about their financial dealings.

Now, the non-partisan, investigative, news ethics organization, The Center for Public Integrity, has reviewed (or tried to review) the personal finances of the 335 judges sitting on the states' supreme courts. C.P.I. found personal financial connections arguably influenced rulings. Sometimes justices recused themselves from cases in which they appeared to have a conflict-of-interest; sometimes they didn't. C.P.I. crafted a report card assessing states' financial-reporting requirements for these elite judges.

Of course, financial reporting rules are all over the map for the various states.

No state received an A or B. The top performing states, Maryland and California, received C's. Half a dozen others received D's. The rest of the states - including Delaware - failed. Delaware ranked 38th.

Overseeing this project: Reity O'Brien, a reporter at The Center for Public Integrity, a 2012 University of Delaware graduate and also an alumna of Wilmington Friends School. She served as city editor of The REVIEW, the U.D. student newspaper, and covered Delaware's 2010 Senate race.

Here's a link to the rankings (Red states on the map are the ones receiving failing grades)...


Methodology explained here:


A narrative from Reity O'Brien here:


Posted at 7:27am on December 5, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Thu, Dec 5, 2013 3:30pm
If Delaware Justices could not be bought, no corporation would want to incorporate here... Better to go somewhere else, where judges were for sale....

Call it job security for Delaware.

Thu, Dec 5, 2013 7:36pm
Time to throw all the bums out and start over again. That's at ALL levels of government, especially federal.

Thu, Dec 5, 2013 9:59pm
Only if they are Republican... wish that wasn't true, but it is....

if Democrats had won in 2000, there would now be no national debt....

There would have been no housing bubble.

There would have been no Giant recession.

Chrysler and GM would still be making cars in Delaware.

There would be more jobs than people to work them, raising up the cost of labor, so we'd all be making $25,000 more per year.

What a huge mistake 2000 was.... Huge.. 2010 was just as bad.. The Tea Party cost America $24 billion in lost economic activity, for absolutely nothing....

Remember the Tea Party hates America. They care only for themselves. Line their coats with your money.

Fri, Dec 6, 2013 10:41am
But, for the record, as was stated on Allan's show, this is pretty standard across the country...

Question Allan... From you writing above Delaware was ranked 38th, and I interpreted as being the 38th worst... 37 states were more transparent. But in your broadcast, it sounded like that was flipped, and Delaware was 38th from bottom or at spot number 12... just behind California and Maryland... and only nine more state more transparent...

Which was it?

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