July 31, 1984

Opinion No. 84/16

Dear

Your letter of inquiry states that you are a candidate for the circuit court and that you have several questions concerning conduct of your political opponents, or potential opponents, whose candidacies have been announced in the news media.

The Committee on Standards of Conduct Governing Judges can only respond to the inquiries of a judge or a judicial candidate concerning his own conduct in terms of the Code of Judicial Conduct. Therefore, we must decline to respond to your inquiry, but refer you to the prior opinions of the committee, which are available through Dianne Lynn, State Court Administrator's Office, Supreme Court Building, Tallahassee, Florida 32301.

Sincerely,

Anne C. Booth, Chairman
Committee on Standards of Conduct Governing Judges

cc: All Committee Members

All reference to the inquiring judge is deleted from the copies sent to the following individuals.

Mr. Sid White, Clerk of the Supreme Court of Florida
Linda Yates, Managing Editor, The Florida Bar Journal
Mark Hulsey, Esq., Chairman, Judicial Qualifications Commission.
Hon. Howard T. Markey, Chairman, Ethics Advisory Panel of the Judicial Conference of the United States .
Jeffrey M. Shaman, Esquire, Director, Center for Judicial Conduct Organizations
Ms. Jean Underhill, Librarian, Broward County Law Library
Mr. Robert Wallace, Librarian, Dade County Law Library
Mr. Brian Polley, Librarian, Supreme Court of Florida

Participating members: Judges Booth, Carlisle, Green, Grube, Hewitt,Tedder and Turner