Judicial Conference Adopts Revised Code of Conduct for Judges

The Judicial Conference adopted a new revised Code of Conduct for U.S. judges at its biannual meeting yesterday. This is the first substantial revision of the Code of Conduct since 1992. The Code of Conduct which addresses judicial impropriety, disqualification, and extra-judicial activities, has also been reworded into plainer, clearer English. The Conference also asked Congress to create 63 new federal judgeships (permanent and temporary). The announcement from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts here.

Trials Tainted by Twitter

It was just a matter of time, really. As many as nine jurors in a recent federal drug trial disregarded a Florida judge’s instructions not to do their own research. Today’s NYT has the story, Mistrial by iPhone: Juries’ Web Research Upends Trials.