A ‘Friend’ online could be a foe in the courtroom. Social media relationships may go for debate before the Florida Supreme Court with a case brought by a defendant whose judge was ‘Friends’ with the prosecutor online. If the State Supreme Court accepts the case, they may determine who can and cannot be online ‘Friends’ with Florida’s judges.
Judges are people too, but according to one judge in the 4th District Court of Appeal, judges do not enjoy the same personal freedom everybody else does, as they strive for the appearance of impartiality and away from impropriety.
Attorneys and judges are not the only ones subject to the foul effects of FaceBook. Say, for instance a personal injury defendant claims he cannot move due to injuries sustained, then posts photos on FaceBook of himself doing handsprings down the sidewalk. Well…it could be the pain medication.