Article III Groupie wasn't exactly kind to White House Counsel Harriet Miers during her unsuccessful quest for a Supreme Court seat. A3G poked fun at Miers's constantly changing hairstyles, her qualifications for the post, her knowledge of Supreme Court history, and her taste in books.
But A3G can't condone what's happening to Miers's onetime paramour, Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht. The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct is criticizing Hecht for the interviews he gave to the news media concerning Miers, on the theory that he violated the canon prohibiting a judge from "advanc[ing] the private interests of the judge or others." More details here.
A3G hasn't taken a close look at this issue, so perhaps she's missing something; but at first glance, this strikes her as dubious. Were the Third Circuit judges who testified before the Senate about Justice Samuel A. Alito acting unethically? What about Judges Walter Stapleton and Alex Kozinski, when they testified in support of their former law clerk, newly confirmed Judge Brett Kavanaugh?
What about a judge who writes a letter of recommendation for a former law clerk, or who agrees to serve as a reference for that clerk? What if a judge recommends a former clerk for a job -- e.g., a Supreme Court clerkship -- in the hope of burnishing his own judicial prestige and influential network of ex-clerks (e.g., the Luttigators)?
Isn't that judge "advanc[ing] the private interests of the judge or others"? And if so -- so what?