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Impartiality assured: Panel limits judges’ Facebook friends

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We all know the law often plays catch-up with technology. Well, the Florida Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee is attempting to bring judges into the 21st century with the perfect combination of high tech and tight restrictions.

The committee has advised judges who use the Facebook social networking web site not to “friend” lawyers who might appear before them. Facebook friends can exchange messages and read each others’ online Facebook postings.

According to the committee, identifying a lawyer as a Facebook friend implies the attorney may influence the judge.

Of course, nothing prevents judges and attorneys from belonging to the same country club, fraternal lodge, church or other association, because limiting that would be unconstitutional.

So if you see your opponent’s lawyer leaving the courthouse arm in arm with the judge, rest easy. They may have a tee time, but they won’t be discussing your case on Facebook.

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