Recent news articles reflect the fact that conflict of interests problems can affect every person who serves the Commonwealth of Virginia in a governmental capacity. Public officers and employees are frequently faced with the Hobson's choice of either remaining in public life at the expense of divestiture of their private financial holdings or running afoul of the conflict of interests laws. They are not only charged with knowledge of the Virginia Comprehensive Conflict of Interests Act, but are also required, in many instances, to take affirmative steps to avoid violating it. Thus, they must be aware of the situations in which they are particularly vulnerable to conflict of interests charges.
Francis C. Lee,
Virginia's New Comprehensive Conflict of Interests Act: A Statutory Review,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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