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Politicians! Accused of pesky ethics violations? No problem!

In South Carolina, the Republican Speaker of the State House Alan Wilson is being investigated by the Republican Attorney General for ethics violations. How to solve this problem? Just introduce a bill that allows the Speaker to pick the special prosecutor to investigate ethics violations by legislators. The bill says the special prosecutor would be “deemed to stand in the place of the attorney general when appointed.” That way, you get to pick the person who investigates you!

Meanwhile in New Jersey, where governor Chris Christie is accused of illegal political shenanigans, it turns out that four years ago Christie pushed out the executive director of the ethics commission while she was investigating a member of Christie’s staff, and replaced her with with one of Christie’s own lawyers (and later gave the lawyer a judgeship).

Problems Solved!