Sunday, August 3, 2008

Ready For My Close Up

The South Carolina Advisory Committee on Standards of Judicial Conduct has recently opined that a judge may participate in a television documentary concerning a case that he had prosecuted while serving as an assistant solicitor with the following limitation:

As long as the participation presents the judge as the assistant solicitor and avoids references to the judicial office, there will be little opportunity that (1) the private parties' interests are advanced by the prestige of the judicial office, or that (2) the judge's capacity, office, or duties will be cast in reasonable doubt. Therefore, the judge may participate in a television production discussing a case in which the judge served as assistant solicitor.

(Mike Frisch)

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