High Court Must Put McCaffery Referral Fee Issue to Rest

, The Legal Intelligencer


There is an ethical cloud hanging over the Pennsylvania Supreme Court involving referral fees received from law firms by Lise Rapaport, Justice Seamus McCaffery's wife and chief aide and clerk. The existence of the fees has been public since this paper exposed it several years ago. Recently, The Philadelphia Inquirer published additional information about the referral fees. No one in any official capacity has taken any action. The facts are troubling and places the Supreme Court in a bad light. It must be put to rest.

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  • Mark Turbin

    Why? Is "the supreme court" of Pennsylvania ignorant of the rules by which it must abide? Twice this article points out, "there is a strong appearance of impropriety and McCaffery's impartiality may be questioned under the circumstances." "An ethical cloud," hangs over the court. By definition there is already a case against McCaffery and Rapaport.

    Your solution stinks, no offense. "The facts" ultimately are irrelevant! There is the appearance of hanky-panky. The Pennsylvania Code of Judicial Conduct states that judges should recuse themselves from a matter when "their impartiality might be questioned." Clearly, the matter in this case is questioned (not even maybe baby) and they should (and did) know perfectly well it would be. Our Highest Court has been engaged in a pattern of willful misconduct. What is the penalty?

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