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The U.S. Supreme Court should wait before wading into questions about how judges are using social media, the U.S. Department of Justice told the justices in a case that puts a spotlight on a California federal judge’s Twitter account.

The timber company Sierra Pacific Industries Inc. is trying to undo a $122 million settlement in part based on the argument that the trial judge’s Twitter activity—”following” prosecutors and tweeting a news story link about one of his rulings—created an appearance of bias.

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Marcia Coyle

Marcia Coyle, based in Washington, covers the U.S. Supreme Court. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @MarciaCoyle

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