The New York Times takes a swipe at Judge Anna Diggs Taylor for not disclosing her connection to the ACLU, a plaintiff in her courtroom in the NSA case. They were just as dismayed that it was Judicial Watch that discovered Judge Taylor’s conflict of interest:
When Judge Anna Diggs Taylor was given the job of deciding whether the Bush administration’s wiretapping program was unconstitutional, she certainly understood that she would be ruling on one of the most politically charged cases in recent history. So it would have been prudent for her to disclose any activity that might conceivably raise questions about her ability to be impartial. Regrettably, it was left to a conservative group, Judicial Watch, to point out her role as a trustee to a foundation that had given grants to a branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, a plaintiff in the case.
Of course she knew she would be deciding one of the most politically charged cases in recent history. That’s why she didn’t disclose her relationship with the ACLU. And if it weren’t for the New York Times, this case woudn’t have even been brought before the court to begin with.