April 9, 1975
Re: Canon 2
Re: Standards of Judicial Conduct
In your letter of March 25, 1975, you inquire as to the propriety of obtaining contributions to pay attorneys' fees and costs incurred by you in connection with the defense of investigations and charges against you while in office. You request our advice as to the appropriate manner and means by which you could set up a "defense fund" and accept and duly report and expend such funds as may be provided in your behalf.
It is the consensus of the committee that your letter seeks an advisory opinion as to the manner and means that may be employed to accomplish the objective set forth in your letter. The Committee instructs me to advise you that they do not have any specific suggestion as to the "manner and means of which" such could be accomplished. Further, a majority of the committee are of the opinion that the solicitation and acceptance of any contribution of any attorney, under the circumstances would appear to be impermissible.
With every good personal wish, I am
/s/ GUNTER STEPHENSON, as Chairman
Committee on Standards of Judicial Conduct
cc:. Committee members