Judges: Be Careful with Facebook, Other Social Media

Although no instances have been reported in Tennessee of judges misusing their social media accounts, a recent advisory opinion from the Tennessee Judicial Ethics Committee seeks to head off such awkward situations before they arise. Tennessee judges who use Facebook or Myspace are being advised to choose their social media friends, well, judiciously. What you want to avoid, the committee says, is a situation like the city judge in Philadelphia who last year came under scrutiny after prosecutors learned he was Facebook friends with a drunken-driving defendant who got key parts of his case thrown out by the judge. The Commerical Appeal reports