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Two Florida appellate courts have reviewed a judge’s participation in Facebook and the need for recusal, and reached polar conclusions. In a 2012 case, the Fourth District granted a petition for writ of prohibition to disqualify a trial judge who was “friends” on Facebook with the prosecutor handling the matter, relying on a Florida Code of Judicial Conduct Canon for its decision. In a summer of 2017 decision, another panel, the Third District, declined to issue such an order in a matter where the defense counsel was a “friend” of the judge, holding that mere “friend” status was not sufficient to conclude that the judge could not be impartial.

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