Can a judge have Facebook friends?

A recent legal ethics opinion concerning Florida judges stated that judges may not "friend" lawyers who may appear before them on social networking sites such as Facebook. But a South Carolina legal ethics opinion on an similar subject takes a lighter view of social networking connections. It concludes that a judge may be a member of Facebook and may friend law enforcement officers and employees as long as they do not discuss anything related to the judge's official position.

Can a judge have Facebook friends? Wed, Dec 16, 2009