(Nipote: Italian word for ‘Nephew’) Nepotism gained its name after the church practice in the Middle Ages when some Catholic popes and bishops who had taken vows of chastity and therefore usually had no children of their own gave their nephews such positions of preference as were often accorded by fathers to son.  – Wikipedia

I’ll spare you the details because they’re made of up things like ‘Criminal Conflict of Interest‘ and ‘personal and substantial‘, ‘direct and predictable’ and ‘particular matter’. I’m not a lawyer, but I do have some experience with logic and rhetorical arguments. And the thing is … the lawyers are hired to interpret the law and the rules (where breaking the law has punitive consequences in the real world, and the breaking the rules has punitive consequences only inside the domain over which they have dominion). The law can be interpreted in many ways  – but when there is only one lawyer, and when he doesn’t have any particular reason to defend one side or another (or evaluate the consequences of his decrees) … he can just make sh$t up. And when the lawyer makes sh$t up and tells the pointy-haired boss … logic and reason disappear and it all goes to h3ll in a handbasket.

So, for as long as it’s possible . . . we’re just going to go ahead and keep doing our best to get the work done in the same transparent fashion that we have always done.


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