Charles R. Wolle, a semiretired
federal judge in Des Moines, tops a national list of judges for attending legal
seminars that are sponsored by corporations or politically active nonprofits.
Wolle tied with an Alabama bankruptcy judge as the most traveled judges in the
nation, according to a report released by the Center for Public Integrity.
seminars are intended to improve the judges' understanding of various issues
and the law, but some critics are concerned that they also could be a way for
groups to influence the outcomes of cases that end up in federal court, according
to IowaWatch.org, which has posted the full article.