The Broward Blog has this quote posted (for obvious reasons):
The substantive evil here sought to be averted has been variously described below. It appears to be double: disrespect for the judiciary, and disorderly and unfair administration of justice. The assumption that respect for the judiciary can be won by shielding judges from published criticism wrongly appraises the character of American public opinion. For it is a prized American privilege to speak one's mind, although not always with perfect good taste, on all public institutions. And an enforced silence, however limited, solely in the name of preserving the dignity of the bench would probably engender resentment, suspicion, and contempt much more than it would enhance respect ... (Emphasis Added)
Bridges v. California, 314 U.S 252 (1941).
Query: How should we handle this? Lets say a judge was habitually late to court and rude to attorneys. Should we do a post on it? Should we contact the judge first and give them a chance to respond? There is a responsibility with writing a blog that the legal community reads. Reputations are at stake with every post and every comment.
Just try walking a mile in our moccasins.
See you in court.