Investigating Officials: Investigate the public behavior of officials and lapses in codes of conduct

Investigating officials should not be limited to probing their decisions, assets, lifestyles, and acquisitions. Journalists and other researchers can also venture into examining their behavior both during and after office hours. This is particularly so for officials in positions where high standards of behavior are expected. The foremost example of this is the judiciary. The Code of Judicial Conduct prescribes that judges conduct themselves in a manner above suspicion.

Observing the public or social behavior of officials provides clues as to who is doing the influence peddling. While ethical codes are more lax for elected officials, they should not be exempt from an examination of their public behavior.

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