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State judges who are using social media platforms should think twice—or four times, more specifically—about posting their thoughts on the legal system or the administration of justice, a judicial ethics committee said Wednesday.

In a nine-page advisory opinion, the Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions warns that Twitter, Facebook and other online outlets are laden with potential “ethical pitfalls” for bench officers, who are required by canons to avoid the appearance of bias.

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Cheryl Miller

Cheryl Miller, based in Sacramento, covers the state legislature and emerging industries, including autonomous vehicles and marijuana. She authors the weekly cannabis newsletter Higher Law. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @CapitalAccounts

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