A financial, emotional, reputational, or other personal interest in any matter held by a person having authority over the same matter. Tking advantage of authority over such a self-serving personal interest may be considered criminal. At the very least, it is usually harmful to others.
Most legislators either already have been, or eventually become lawyers, so they abuse their conflict of interest over legislation to make sure that laws are conducive to the job security of lawyers and legislators.
by Downstrike May 21, 2004