BY BUDDY NEVINS
The Broward County Courthouse has entered the Twitter age.
Circuit Judge Matthew Destry has been tweeting pictures from his courtroom. See the site here.
Judge Matt Destry (Photo: Jaablog)
The tweeting has Public Defender Howard “Help Me Howard” Finkelstein upset, according to the Sun-Sentinel’s courthouse wiz Rafael Olmeda.
This is a very interesting modern-day question:
Should a judge be posting pictures of the participants in his courtroom on the Internet? Don’t the lawyers feel pressure when the judge presiding over their case asks them to pose?
It will be interesting to see Judicial Qualifications Commission or The Florida Bar’s take on tweeting from court. I’m sure the JQC or Bar will deal with this at some time in the future here or at another courthouse.
There should be some way for judges along with prosecutors and defense attorneys have a Twitter presence.
I’d love to see both Finkelstein and State Attorney Mike Satz’s office have Twitter accounts. It would be another way to inform the public what goes on in the courthouse.
But judges tweeting from their courtroom ….????
While you are thinking about it, let’s applaud Destry for raising the question and attempting to do something new.
Bill “Mr. Jaablog” Gilen is back.
After a long hiatus and Bar complaints about the content of his courthouse blog, Gilen took to the keyboard again this week to relaunch his well-followed site.
Gilen writes about the Bar complaints:
“If we’ve done anything wrong, we’ll take the rap. No big deal. But the Bar shouldn’t be allowed to change the rules in the middle of the game. Sending letters which fail to specify any misconduct, a single violated rule, or even a specific offensive phrase or photograph is just plain old chicken shit,” is part of what he posted.
Read the rest of what he has to say about the Bar complaint here.