Appearance of impropriety
The appearance of impropriety is a phrase referring to a situation which to a layperson without knowledge of the specific circumstances might seem to raise ethics questions. For instance, although a person might regularly and reliably collect money for her employer in her personal wallet and later give it to her employer, her putting it in her personal wallet may appear improper and give rise to suspicion, etc. Also, although Michael Jackson was never found guilty of sex with minors, some of his indulgences appeared improper, which resulted in a campaign against him which tormented him until the day he died. It is common business practice to avoid even the appearance of impropriety.
- Morgan, Peter & Reynolds, Glenn; The Appearance of Impropriety (ISBN 0-7432-4266-1)
- Appearance of Impropriety article at the website of the United States Naval Inspector General
- Code of Conduct for United States Judges subsection on Appearance of Impropriety
- Alleged Conflicts of Interest because of the "Appearance of Impropriety" Hofstra law review article (PDF)
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