The state Senate is planning to conduct a top to bottom ethics review, but will it be effective?  

Hoover Institution Research Fellow Bill Whalen says he doesn't think it will amount to much.

"I think that's basically equivalent of putting Inspector Renault in charge of reviewing gambling at Casablanca -- it's just not going to solve anything. They're all going to be concerned with ethics for one day and then go back to their practices," he said. 

The review comes in light of the suspensions of three Democratic state senators awash in legal problems.  

Senators Leland Yee, Ron Calderon and Roderick Wright are dealing with charges ranging from federal corruption to perjury in their respective cases.