The issue of bias is an important consideration in administrative agencies and judicial hearings. Discuss whether it is ethical for a judge to have personal ties with someone about whom they will be making a legal decision. Consider the following questions in your response:
Does professionalism offer adequate checks and balances against bias in decision making?
Should judges recuse themselves from decisions involving people with whom they have a personal relationship?
Since situations often depend on the specific circumstances, are there circumstances in which you think a judge should definitely recuse him or herself? Are there other situations in which you think it may not be necessary?