Thursday, February 4, 2010

YouTube Judicial Campaign Ad Leads To Public Reprimand

The Florida Supreme Court approved a stipulation for discipline and imposed a public reprimand of a circuit court judge for "misrepresentations made to the voting public during [the judge's] campaign for the Circuit Court judgeship." Noting that a judicial candidate "is responsible for the conduct of [a] political consultant," the court found that the an advertisement had appeared on YouTube asking that the judge be "re-elect[ed]' when the judge had been appointed rather than elected to the bench. Further, a campaign mailer had touted the judge's 20 years of legal experience when the judge had been admitted in 1994:

It is clear that a member of the judiciary or judicial candidate should not mislead the public by placing factually incorrect statements in campaign materials.

(Mike Frisch)

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