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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