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Texas justice illustrates his Twitter prowess with character-limit interview

Posted Jan 31, 2013 9:20 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett is so adept at Twitter use that he answered an interviewer’s questions with a 140-character word limit.

Willett has more than 1,300 Twitter followers, according to Texas Lawyer's Tex Parte Blog. His posts are “a daily stream of photos, personal factoids, political commentary, legal news, sports trash talk and miscellaneous links,” the publication says.

Many of Willett’s posts are humorous. Texas Parte offers as an example Willett’s response to another Twitter commenter: “I favor trap doors. MT ‘@appealsattorney: Wish TX appellate arguments were more like X Factor w/ judges voting w/ giant Xs after you argue.’ ”

Willett told Texas Parte in the character-limit interview that he tweets to stay connected with voters who increasingly consume information online. “But 4 having to campaign, I doubt I'd tweet much,” he said.

He also responded to a question about ethical considerations: “I post links to U.S. legal news but never give $0.02 on disputed legal issues or pending cases. Advice: use common sense & self-censor.”

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