Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

Evans: Judicial ethics in Iowa differ from Washington ethics

There were more disclosures in recent days in the ongoing saga involving the ethical standards of justices on the U.S. Supreme Court – or, more accurately, the lack of ethical standards.

With each new disclosure about our nation’s highest court, the reputations of justices here on the Iowa Supreme Court take on more luster – and deservedly so.

The nonprofit news outlet ProPublica reported that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has received millions of dollars’ worth of luxury travel from wealthy benefactors without any public disclosure. Thomas has shrugged off concerns about the pote...