Opinion 77-17

November 15, 1977

Re: Canon 2B

Dear Judge:

This is in response to your question of whether you may voluntarily write a letter to the Parole and Probation Commission, identifying yourself as a County Judge, and recommending parole for an inmate.

Seven members of the Committee are of the view that such a letter is prohibited by Canon 2B. One member feels that you have the right, and quite possibly the duty, to identify yourself as a County Judge.

We appreciate your inquiry and trust the foregoing will be of assistance to you.

Sincerely yours,

Tyrie A. Boyer, Chairman
Committee on Standards of Conduct Governing Judges


Participating members: Judges Boyer, Haverfield, Hewitt, Murphee, O'Connell, Sample,
Stephenson and Samuel J. Powers, Attorney