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Supreme Court Not Off the Hook

Publication Date: 
December 02, 2007
The State
Rick Brundrett

Professor Deborah L. Rhode is quoted in The State about the ethically questionable nature of a change of bar exam grades by the South Carolina Supreme Court:

Deborah Rhode, director of Stanford Law School’s Center on Ethics, said an outside review of the Supreme Court’s handling of the bar exam matter is needed. “Certainly, you’ve got the appearance of bias.”

“This is a classic illustration that you ought not to have ethical complaints against that body being resolved by that body,” said Rhode, who reviewed the Supreme Court’s statement on the issue at the request of The State.

“The problem,” she said, “is not that people are consciously acting to further their professional or personal concerns. It’s one of tunnel vision.”