Tuesday, January 22, 2013
While on the subject of some of Broward County's better moments, apparently, there is a discussion about changing the name Broward County to Fort Lauderdale. Looking at some of these stories, maybe a name change wouldn't hurt.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
On Friday, the Southern District of Florida sent the following email to registered CM/ECF users:
Effective February 1, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has approved the Southern District of Florida's participation in the Electronic Records on Appeal program (EROA). For information about how this may impact your future filings with the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, please refer to their website
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Where the presiding judge in a criminal case has accepted the prosecutor assigned to the case as a Facebook “friend,” would a reasonably prudent person fear that he could not get a fair and impartial trial, so that the defendant’s motion for disqualification should be granted?
The majority does not provide its reasoning for its conclusion that the certified question is one of great public importance. The only reasoning for its conclusion appears to be stated in the concurring opinion. I disagree with the concurring opinion’s reasoning.The concurring opinion reasons that the ability of judges to participate in social media with attorneys who appear before them “is of great importance to many.” However, the concurring opinion does not cite any authority for that statement. On the contrary, as the concurring opinion recognizes, common sense suggests that the public, without question, would appear to desire otherwise: “Maintenance of the appearance of impartiality requires the avoidance of entanglements and relationships that compromise that appearance . . . [A] person who accepts the responsibility of being a judge must also accept limitations on personal freedom.”
Whether a judge may add lawyers who may appear before the judge as "friends" on a social networking site, and permit such lawyers to add the judge as their "friend."ANSWER: No.