Article at Tampa Bay Tribune. Excerpt:
A case that started with a letter written by a candidate for judge in Tampa may change how judges seek office nationwide.
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the First Amendment overrides certain rules that restrict how candidates campaign for judge.
The nation’s highest court accepted an appeal from former Hillsborough County judicial candidate Lanell Williams-Yulee, who was publicly reprimanded by the Florida Supreme Court in May. The state Supreme Court said she violated part of the professional code that governs the conduct of lawyers and judges, including how they campaign for the bench.
The case pits two important principles against each other — freedom of speech and public confidence in the integrity of the courts.