January 21, 1982
This is in response to your inquiry of November 24, 1981. You state that you have been notified by a resort club that you have been selected to receive a rather expensive prize as part of a promotion on behalf of the resort club. In order to obtain the prize you are required to make an appointment and visit the club within a certain period of time. You inquire as to the propriety of taking part in this promotion and accepting the prize.
Of the eight members of the Committee on Standards of Conduct Governing Judges responding all were unanimous in finding no impropriety in you participating in the sales promotion and no violation of the Canons in accepting the prize. Two of the members found the specific promotional scheme to be innocuous but wished to confine their opinion as to that particular promotional scheme.
James T. Carlisle, Chairman
Committee on Standards of Conduct Governing Judges
cc: All Committee Members
Sid White, Clerk of the Supreme Court
Mr. Mark Hulsey, 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, Booth, Hewitt, Nesbitt, Letts, O'Connell, Richardson and Samuel Powers, Attorney