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Supreme Court to rule on Facebook bias case involving Barron Co. judge

(WQOW) – A first-of-its-kind case here in Wisconsin will go before the Wisconsin Supreme Court after a Barron County judge was accused of bias because of a Facebook friendship.

Judge J.M. Bitney presided over Angela Carroll’s custody case in 2017.

According to court records, before ruling on her case, Bitney accepted her friend request on Facebook which was never disclosed.

The documents said Carroll liked 18 of Bitney’s posts and even commented on two of them before ruling in Carroll’s favor.

In February, the court of appeals found a reasonable person would question Bitney’s ability to decide the case fairly.

The Supreme Court will now determine if that ruling was correct.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the Executive Producer.

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