Monday, August 7, 2017

Do sitting Judges in Texas use Google & Blogs to determine Guilt or Innocence?

It would seem at least one sitting judge in suburban Wichita Falls, Texas, may do so, based upon his extra-judicial activities online.

We can begin this series of in-depth articles with the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct.

Specifically today let us consider Canon 4:

Canon 4: Conducting the Judge's Extra-Judicial Activities to Minimize the Risk of Conflict with Judicial Obligations

A. Extra-Judicial Activities in General. A judge shall conduct all of the judge's extrajudicial activities so that they do not: 

(1) cast reasonable doubt on the judge's capacity to act impartially as a judge; or...

Link is here.

Is it appropriate for a sitting judge to commit textbook defamation under Texas law upon a person - especially if said judge is gleaning his information from internet blogs and Google searches, without any facts presented to him?  How many citizens appearing before such a judge in his courtroom could reasonably expect an ethically unbiased decision based solely on facts in evidence - versus a decision based upon a Google search?

Is impartiality an option among some judges?

We'll explore in upcoming posts.

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