Sunday, November 17, 2013
In a recent Texas Court of Appeals decision, the court found that a mere Facebook friendship does not amount to a lack of impartiality by judge. The case is Youkers v. State, 2013 WL 2077196 (Tex. App.—Dallas May 15, 2013). In that case, the assault victim’s father was Facebook friends with the judge presiding over the trial.
Certainly, a Facebook friendship with a judge raises an eyebrown of suspension and it would seem that the better practice would be for judges to recuse themselves from such cases.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein
Craig Estlinbaum also ran an excellent story about this case, here.