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Can a Judge Have Facebook Friends? It Depends on What State They Work In

Posted Dec 15, 2009 7:47 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A recent legal ethics opinion concerning Florida judges made clear that they "friend"on Facebook at their peril lawyers who appear in their courtrooms.

But a South Carolina legal ethics opinion on an similar subject seemingly takes a lighter view of such Internet social networking connections. It says that judges may friend employees and law enforcement officers, so long as they don't discuss official matters online, reports Legal Blog Watch.

Additional and related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Judges Shouldn’t ‘Friend’ Lawyers Who Appear Before Them, Opinion Says"

Associated Press: "Panel: Magistrates can be members on Facebook"

Wall Street Journal: "How Facebook Is Making Friending Obsolete "

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