May 31, 2010
Permissible But With Extreme Caution
A judicial ethics opinion from Kentucky gives a "qualified" endorsement of judges friending on facebook:
In conclusion, even a cursory reading of this opinion should make clear that the
aCommittee struggled with this issue, and whether the answer should be a "Qualified Yes" or "Qualified No". In speaking with various judges around the state, the Committee became aware that several judges who had joined internet-based social networks subsequently either limited their participation or ended it altogether. In the final analysis, the reality that Kentucky judges are elected and should not be isolated from the community in which they serve tipped the Committee's decision. Thus, the Committee believes that a Kentucky judge or justice's
participation in social networking sites is permissible, but that the judge or justice should be extremely cautious that such participation does not otherwise result in violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct.
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