April 6, 2012
More On No Friends For Judges
The Massachusetts Committee on Judical Ethics issued an opinion in December 2011 on judges and Facebook.
The Code does not prohibit judges from joining social networking sites, thus you may continue to be a member of Facebook, taking care to conform your activities with the Code. A judge's "friending" attorneys on social networking sites creates the impression that those attorneys are in a special position to influence the judge. Therefore, the Code does not permit you to "friend" any attorney who may appear before you, The pervasiveness of social media in today's society makes this situation one which requires a judge to "accept restrictions on the judge's conduct that might be viewed as burdensome by the ordinary citizen." Commentary to Section 2A.
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