I have posted recently on different problems that can arise related to lawyers and judges using social media such as facebook. See here, here and here, for example. As I reported in one of those posts, the Florida Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee recently issued an opinion holding that a judge can not add lawyers who may appear before the judge as "friends" on a social networking site nor permit such lawyers to add the judge as their "friend."
On a related topic, Law.com is reporting today that a judge in Georgia has resigned within days of the publication of information about his Facebook dialog with a woman who was a defendant in a matter pending before his court. As Law.com reports, the judge's "departure from the bench effectively ends inquiries being made in the circuit from the Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission, which investigates complaints against judges."
"I call it a retirement," the judge reportedly told the Fulton County Daily Report.
Go here for the full story.