New Mexico Supreme Court cautions judges using social media

New Mexico Supreme Court
New Mexico Supreme Court

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico judges are being cautioned about using social media by the state’s highest court.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the New Mexico Supreme Court has issued guidelines it wants judges to follow on Facebook and other online platforms.

They include suggestions that judges have campaign committees maintain any election social media profiles and prohibit public comments on them.

The court’s remarks came last week in a decision to grant a retrial for a defendant convicted in the 2010 killing of an Albuquerque woman.

The conviction was overturned because court testimony over Skype was seen as depriving the defendant of the right to confront a hostile witness.

The court also criticized the trial judge for posting a celebratory Facebook post after the defendant was convicted.

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