A Florida judicial ethics panel once again has left judicial candidates more or less on their own in deciding whether to respond to questionnaires from special interest groups that seek to pin down their views on hot-button social, political and legal issues.

In response to requests from candidates for guidance, the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee reiterated Monday that judicial candidates can respond to such surveys as long as they make it clear that their answers are not promises of future rulings. It previously took a similar position.

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