Ohio Supreme Court Justice Eric Brown Loves Facebook
First, Brown gets nailed for plagiarizing a speech from the late Justice Moyer. Now, as James Nash of The Dispatch reports, he has an unusually high number of Facebook friends:
Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Brown has a lot of friends.
In fact, he has nearly 3,900 “friends” on the social-networking website Facebook, including more than a few lawyers who may try cases in front of Brown’s court.
Brown says a Facebook “friend” isn’t necessarily a real friend, and he has no problem separating what he does online from his role as Ohio’s top judicial officer.
Brown, a Democrat whom Gov. Ted Strickland named chief justice in April to replace the late Thomas J. Moyer, appears to be the only Supreme Court justice in the state’s history to be active on Internet social networks.[...]
Most other states are similarly silent on social contacts online, but the Florida Supreme Court’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee recently recommended that judges eschew “friendships” with lawyers or other parties with business before their courts.
Brown said he wouldn’t necessarily “un-friend” a lawyer or litigant whose business happens to come before his court. But Brown said he also wouldn’t accept a new friend request from such a person until after the case was concluded.
Instead of accepting all of those friend requests, he could save time and join the fan page for “slip and fall trial lawyers.”
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