The Ethics in Government Act (1978) - Great Resource For Debate






The Ethics in Government Act of 1978 is a United States federal law that came about during the Nixon scandals. Critics can knock down this law but it was upheld by SCOTUS in 1988 under the case Alexia Morrison, Independent Counsel v. Theodore Olson, et al. Scalia dissented (see Morrison v. Olson).
  • "It created mandatory, public disclosure of financial and employment history of public officials and their immediate family" - Wikipedia
PDF of document from the US House: The Ethics in Government Act of 1978

Morrison v. Olson
Alexia Morrison, Independent Counsel v. Theodore Olson, et al. The case was upheld by SCOTUS. Scalia was the sole dissenter. A few words from Scalia on the case.
  • "Probably the most wrenching was Morrison v. Olson, which involved the independent counsel. To take away the power to prosecute from the president and give it to somebody who’s not under his control is a terrible erosion of presidential power. And it was wrenching not only because it came out wrong—I was the sole dissenter—but because the opinion was written by Rehnquist, who had been head of the Office of Legal Counsel, before me, and who I thought would realize the importance of that power of the president to prosecute. And he not only wrote the opinion; he wrote it in a manner that was more extreme than I think Bill Brennan would have written it. That was wrenching. - New York Magazine