Special to SEGAZINE
Facing the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Michael Boggs said the Georgia law prevented him from discussing his views on abortion.
But one senator suggested Boggs, seeking confirmation to a seat on the U.S. District Court, may have violated the state code of judicial conduct 10 years ago as a candidate for the Waycross Circuit Superior Court and two years ago as sitting judge.
At issue was Canon 7 of the Georgia Code of Judicial Conduct, which says, “Judges Shall Refrain from Political Activity Inappropriate to their Judicial Office.”
Canon 7A (1) (a) says, “A judge or a candidate for public election to judicial office shall not … make speeches for a political organization or candidate or publicly endorse a candidate for public office.”
Canon 7A (1) (c) says a judge or candidate shall not “make a contribution to a political organization.”
On Tuesday, Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., a committee member with a law degree and a master’s in ethics from Yale University, asked Boggs whether he had violated Georgia’s judicial ethics code in 2004 when, as a candidate for Superior Court, he joined a national steering committee to re-elect President George W. Bush.