A Texas judge is challenging a state panel’s decision reprimanding her for posting Facebook updates about trials she was presiding over.

Slaughter Galveston County

The State Commission on Judicial Conduct ordered Michelle Slaughter, a Galveston County judge, to enroll in a four-hour class on the “proper and ethical use of social media by judges.” The panel concluded that the judge’s posts cast “reasonable doubt” on her impartiality.
At the beginning of a high-profile trial last year in which a father was accused of keeping his nine-year-old son in a six-foot by eight-foot wooden box, the judge instructed jurors not to discuss the case against defendant David Wieseckel with “anyone.”
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