A Facebook exchange ex parte has led to the judicial reprimand of a North Carolina judge. The Greatest American Lawyer reports this somewhat shocking story about a judge who “friended” one of the lawyers in a case before him. The lawyer would post questions about the case and his strategy and the judge would respond. The lawyer replied by posting the comment, “Wise judge.” It’s hard to blame this memory lapse regarding the prohibition on ex parte contacts on youthful indiscretion.
Facebook users too often seem not to understand the potential implications that their postings may have. Many commentators, myself included, attribute this to youthful indiscretion. Which may be why stories like this are so difficult to rationalize.