234 P.3d 115 (Okla.Jud.Eth. 2010), 2010-4, In re Judicial Ethics Opinion 2010-4

Docket Nº:2010-4.
Citation:234 P.3d 115, 2010 OK JUD ETH 4
Party Name:JUDICIAL ETHICS OPINION 2010-4.
Judge Panel:Robert L. Bailey, Chairman, Milton C. Craig, Secretary, Robert E. Lavender
Case Date:June 22, 2010
Court:Oklahoma Judicial Ethics Advisory Panel
 
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234 P.3d 115 (Okla.Jud.Eth. 2010)

2010 OK JUD ETH 4

JUDICIAL ETHICS OPINION 2010-4.

No. 2010-4.

Oklahoma Judicial Ethics Advisory Panel.

June 22, 2010

Editorial Note:

The Opinions of the Ethics Advisory Panel are advisory only and can be relied by the Council on Judicial Complaints while recommending discipline of a Judge or a Judicial Candidate and not binding on the Council or Courts in the exercise of their judicial discipline responsibilities.

JUDICIAL ETHICS ADVISORY PANEL

¶ 1 Question(s): May the campaign committee of a candidate for a judicial office solicit and accept a contribution from a political action committee (PAC) that has a policy of only making contributions to the members of a single political party?

¶ 2 Answer: No.

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¶ 3 Discussion: 20 O.S. Sec. 1404 et cetera-provides among other things that a judge or judicial candidate may not engage in partisan political activities and may not divulge the party, if any, with which the judge, or candidate is registered. Canon 5 prohibits a judge or judicial candidate from engaging in political activities on behalf of other candidates.

¶ 4 Canon 2(A) states " A judge should respect and comply with the law at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary."

¶ 5 Clearly a judicial candidate may dictate...

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