Populous and widespread, social networking sites draw participants from an increasingly broad spectrum. They comprise an open forum that has torn down walls established by many institutions, including the legal system.

Social networking online is a remote sensory experience engaging our minds at many levels, and it will take time for us to adapt to this unprecedented way of communicating with one another. Moreover, it imposes a unique burden on the judicial component of our system. Several recent cases illustrate the pitfalls for judges and lawyers who use social networking.

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