I posted earlier about the ACLU and my then belief that this matter was more about protected free speech and not libel. I read more deeply and consulted the NC Code of Judicial Conduct.
Canon 7 in this code says that "A judge may engage in political activity consistent with his status as a public official."
Canon 7 defines "Permissible political conduct" in Section B. In Paragraph (2) of Section B it is stated that "if he is a candidate, endorse any individual seeking election to any office or conduct a joint campaign with and endorse other individuals seeking election to judicial office..."
Congratulations, Judge Lewis! I applaud you for standing up for your rights.
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