Suffolk attorney awards business, husband reaps donations
April 7, 2010
Seven law firms awarded $3.4 million in county business by Suffolk County Attorney Christine Malafi have contributed more than $20,000 in campaign donations to her husband, Suffolk Legis. Louis D’Amaro, since 2006, state and county records show.
However, the situation may pose a conflict of interest for Malafi, according to Monroe Freedman, a Hofstra University law professor who specializes in ethics. “It is a conflict of interest because she is required to exercise independent, professional judgment,” he said. “If there is a reasonable, plausible risk that it will be affected by her personal interest, or that of a close family member, like her husband, or for that matter, her employer, she has a conflict of interest.”
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