Opinion 80-14

September 30, 1980

Dear Judge:

This is in response to your inquiry as to whether you may appear on a local Public Television station to ask questions of candidates who are running for Seminole County School Superintendent. Six of the members of the committee who responded were of the opinion that the Canons prohibit your appearance as an impartial interviewer to ask questions of the candidates.

Yours truly,

James T. Carlisle, Chairman
Committee on Standards of Conduct Governing Judges

cc: All Committee Members
Sid White, Clerk of the Supreme Court
William C. Clark, Chairman, Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission
Linda H. Yates, Managing Editor, Florida Bar Journal
Hon. Howard T. Markey, Chairman, Ethics Advisory Panel of the Judicial Conference of the U.S.
All references to the inquiring judge deleted

Participating members: Carlisle, Hewitt, Letts,Stephenson, Turner and Samuel Powers, Attorney