Lawyers in California, Florida, Michigan, New York and Ohio, to name a few, are at the center of legal debates and constitutional battles involving harsh and sometimes vulgar comments about judges. Judges are increasingly catching flak from lawyers in a variety of forums, most notably the Internet, where blogs have become a popular tool for attorneys to vent frustrations about a judge.
In Florida, an attorney faces discipline this spring over a blog entry on a courthouse blog in which he described a judge as an “evil, unfair witch” with an “ugly, condescending attitude” and questioned her mental stability. The Florida Supreme Court refused to hear the lawyer’s constitutional argument in October. He will be reprimanded in April and has to pay a $1,200 fine. Florida State Bar v. Conway, No. SC08-326 (Fla.).
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