WSJ Law Blog. Excerpt:
Fed up with the shutdown and sequester budget cuts, judges are mounting a “work-in.”
More than two dozen federal courts have avoided furloughs by designating all of their staff essential, going against their own administrative guidance, National Law Journal reports.
The courts’ resistance raises an ethics question.
Let’s say a federal agency labeled all of its workers as essential in an apparent violation of the Anti-Deficiency Act, the statute governing shutdowns. What would happen if the matter came before a court that had refused to furlough any of its own employees. Would there be a potential conflict of interest?