Opinion No. 221 (1998)

QUESTION: May a Constitutional County Judge become an independent agent in order to sell products and/or services for a communications company and receive commission?

ANSWER: No. Even though a judge may attempt to separate two careers, when a judge is an independent agent selling products or services for a communications company he may lend the prestige of his office to that position and thereby advance the private interest of himself or his company in violation of Canons 2B and 4D(l).

Furthermore, these activities could interfere with the judge's proper performance of judicial duties in violation of Canons 2A, 3A and 4A(2) in that his acts may not promote public confidence in the judiciary and his selling duties may take precedence over judicial duties or interfere with the proper performance of judicial duties.