Tuesday, October 14, 2008
A recent opinion of the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee in Florida:
Judge knew all 5 siblings in a family before they ended up in litigation over a family trust. Judge presided over the litigation, which was concluded in 2004. Recently the husband of one of the prevailing litigants asked Judge and others to join him on a 2-day turkey hunt on one of the family ranches. Judge and the others hunters would not be asked or expected to pay for the hunt. Although Judge declined the invitation, Judge expects to be asked again next year. Judge therefore sought an opinion from the Florida Supreme Court's Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee regarding whether he ethically may accept the invitation, should it be offered.
A majority of the committee answered the question in the negative.
Hat tip to sunEthics. (Mike Frisch)