Judge’s Response to Facebook Message Showed No Bias, According to Appeals Court

more+
less-

A judge in Texas appears to have handled an ethics dilemma on Facebook in textbook fashion. The judge was presiding over a criminal case involving defendant William Scott Youkers, who was sentenced to eight years in prison for assaulting his girlfriend. Youkers moved for a new trial on the ground that the judge’s Facebook friendship with the girlfriend’s father created both actual and apparent bias. According to Youkers, the judge failed to disclose a private Facebook message he received from the father that – ironically – had sought leniency for Youkers.

This article discusses why the court rejected Youkers' application and how the judge's conduct serves as a great example of how judges - and lawyers - can extricate themselves from thorny ethical dilemmas on social media.

LOADING PDF: If there are any problems, click here to download the file.


DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Nicole Hyland, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz | Attorney Advertising

Written by:

more+
less-

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz on:

Reporters on Deadline

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:

Sign up to create your digest using LinkedIn*

*With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name. Or, sign up using your email address.
×
Loading...
×
×