With nearly everyone involved in some sort of social networking, it seems
nothing is sacred anymore. Privacy? What’s that? Blog or tweet first
and pay later. Well, the judicial system is not having it. Lawyers who
blog, tweet, or otherwise publicize their critical opinions about judges,
clients, or anything work-related had better be prepared for some reprimands.
An attorney in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was displeased with a particular
judge, calling her an “evil, unfair witch” on his blog. The
Florida bar then took him to task, reprimanding him and fining him $1,200.
In Illinois, an assistant public defender was fired as a result of her
blog posts criticizing judges and clients. Her posts often revealed confidential
information about the cases, though she did attempt to disguise basic
details. She faces disciplinary actions by the state.
Another attorney requested a trial delay, noting that there had been a
death in the family and she needed to attend a funeral. The judge granted
the delay but then visited the lawyer’s Facebook page. On it the
lawyer briefly mentioned the funeral but focused instead on parties and
other leisure activities. When the lawyer requested another delay, it
was denied. Needless to say, the lawyer removed the judge from her Facebook friends.
So just beware of what you put out there into cyberspace. You may not think
anyone is looking, but you just never know.