By Andrew J. Petersen
Attorneys do not enjoy the same First Amendment right to criticize judges as do ordinary citizens. At least that is what the Arizona Supreme Court held over thirty years ago, long before Facebook, blogs, and the internet came to rule. Attorneys may be disciplined for making certain negative comments of judges. Arguments for this rule include the need to maintain public confidence in the judiciary, and attorneys necessarily give up certain rights when they become members of the Bar.
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