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New York judges permitted to play in rock bands

A New York judicial ethics committee has given state judges the freedom to play in bands for money or sell their artworks - as long as it doesn't interfere with their day jobs.

Two judges requested clarification from the committee to see if it was proper to moonlight as musicians or artists even though there was no rule prohibiting them.

The committee says judges who wish to pursue part-time paid music gigs can perform for people unlikely to appear in their courts.

States including Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Illinois allow judges to work as wedding musicians and soccer referees.

Acting New York Supreme Court Justice Matthew D'Emic says when court adjourns he joins his 1970s rock band.

They have a show scheduled at Brooklyn Law School in the autumn.

(Published by Herald Sun – July 1, 2010)

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