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Bids to lunch with a judge unethical, panel says

CARSON CITY (AP) – A Nevada judicial ethics panel says lunch with a district court judge cannot be auctioned off to raise money for a nonprofit research group.

An opinion issued Tuesday said several judges have been asked by the unidentified organization to attend a luncheon and be part of a silent auction.

The judicial panel says while money raised by the auction may be for a worthy cause, it is “fraught with ethical peril.”

The opinion said the judge can’t control who buys the luncheon date, noting it could be someone involved in a proceeding before the judge.

It also said the judge can’t control the bidding amount, and the auctioning could taint the judicial office.