Congress has passed a bill that bans gifts of honorary club memberships valued at more than $50 per year for all federal judges, from the Supreme Court on down. The ban came in the form of an amendment added by Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., who has tried to tack several ethics-related restrictions on legislation aimed at giving federal judges salary increases. In earlier debates over such legislation, Kyl said acceptance of free memberships to clubs and organizations gave the appearance of impropriety.
No More Clubbing for Federal Judges
October 1, 2008