Facebook Friendships Don't Bar Judge From Case, Panel Says

Law360, New York (May 31, 2013, 4:38 PM EDT) -- A New York ethics panel on Tuesday recommended against recusal for a judge who is “Facebook friends” with the parents of children who were allegedly affected by the conduct of a defendant in a criminal case, as the “friends” are mere acquaintances.

In response to a query for recusal advice from an unnamed judge, the Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics said that the mere status of being someone's Facebook friend, a loosely defined relationship, isn’t enough to warrant recusal without something more.

The committee said it...
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