Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn, and the social media present ethical, professional, and moral issues for lawyers, judges, and court personnel and staff. Comments can go viral, and the propriety of those comments can redound to the sender's disadvantage.
Although the obvious pluses for postings on the social media and blogs include marketing, advertising, professional promotions, and politic'ing, there is always the downside risk that you write a post that is not well received.
This is what happened to a local attorney involved in a confidential child cutody matter. Of course, if there were any doubts or uncertainty about the comments' connection with a particular case or child, they seem to be less tenuous now following their publication in the newspaper.
Another Pandora's box erupts now on the limits and controls of lawyer's professional and private speech run head on with the legal system's prescription of privacy and confidentiality on child custody matters.
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