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Judges Can "Friend" Lawyers On Facebook

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It’s a sign of how socially connected online we are these days when a state supreme court has to get into the issue of whether one person can “friend” another on a social networking site.

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that judges who have Facebook accounts are able to “friend” lawyers who appear before them in court. One catch though. The Ohio high court says the judges must be careful not to violate state ethics rules. A recent national study found that four of every 10 judges use social media sites like Facebook and LinkedIn, about the same proportion as the general population.


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