Probate Judge Can't Moonlight at a Funeral Home, Says Ethics Panel

Adding another gig to the list of jobs forbidden to moonlighting jurists, a South Carolina ethics panel has ruled that a newly elected probate judge who happens to be a licensed funeral director can’t continue to work weekends at a funeral home.

“[A] judge should not engage in business or financial activities that would involve frequent transactions with persons likely to come before the court on which the judge serves,” explains the South Carolina Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct in an opinion reprinted by the Legal Profession Blog. “Therefore, a full-time probate judge should not continue employment with a funeral home.”

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