Judges and Social Media - What are They Allowed to Do?

This week the Ohio Supreme Court issued some guidelines to Ohio judges on how judges are allowed to use social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and who (and how) they are allowed to inneract with on social media. Essentially Judges are not permitted to discuss any of their cases or general legal matters on these sites - and that if they are too closed to any of their Facebook "friends" or Twitter "followers" they should step down from any case which involves them. Further, all of their communications must remain "dignified." See the Columbus Dispatch story on this event - and if you are really bored, you can read the opinion from the Ohio Supreme Court.