In almost every personal injury lawsuit I have filed during the last few years, there is a defense a lawyer who loves to talk about what my client has been doing on Facebook.
Florida judges and lawyers on Facebook are in the news again. A Seminole County circuit court judge, who sent a friend request on Facebook to a litigant before her court, is now the subject of an opinion issued from Florida’s Fifth District appeal court. This judge sent a Facebook “friend request” to the wife in a divorce action after she presided over the final hearing, but before issuing her ruling. Acting on the advice of her lawyer, the wife did not respond. The judge then issued her ruling, which the wife believed unfairly saddled her with the couple’s marital debt and gave her now ex-husband an excessive alimony award. The wife then moved to recuse the judge, arguing that the judge retaliated against her for refusing her friend request. Remarkably, the judge refused this request.