Time to break out the judicial policy manual
A mistrial was declared in the case of a man accused of keeping his son locked in an 8-foot-by-6-foot particleboard box in Galveston. The problem?
Michelle Slaughter, the judge hearing the case, posted comments about the trial on a Facebook page.
Unfortunately, the mistake had consequences — the emotional wear and tear on the victim and jurors, the costs of a new trial.
Slaughter is not the only judge in Galveston County who has posted comments on social media.
Many private companies have adopted policies on social media to avoid these awkward problems.
Maybe it’s time for the judges to have a quick review of theirs.