At some point, almost every child hears the phrase, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” Usually, the admonishment is reserved for children who insult their siblings or who complain about an “evil” teacher who assigned “too much homework.” But during the 2008 election season, the question becomes whether this admonition applies to lawyers in their comments about judges.

Attorneys, generally, are prohibited from making false statements verbally and in writing concerning the qualifications or integrity of judges.

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