Miss. Supreme Court Quietly Puts Fax Machines Out of Their Misery

On Thursday the Mississippi Supreme Court amended Canon 5F of the Code of Judicial Conduct. The Canon relates to actions during judicial campaigns. Here is the Court’s Order.
Here is a post analyzing the decision on Miss. Court of Appeals Judge Kenny Griffis’ blog.
It’s all kind of ‘inside baseball’ to me. But I saw something in the Order that interested me.
Here is the part of the amended Canon I focused on:
….the Commission staff shall immediately forward a copy of the allegation by e-mail or facsimile, if available, and U.S. mail to the Special Committee members and the judicial candidate…
Boom. Faxing is no longer an option. Notice is by e-mail followed by snail mail.
This interests me because I wondered for a couple of years why I still had a fax machine. I’d wander by it every once in a while and see that the only faxes received were spam offering discounts on cruise vacations. [I’ve never been on a cruise].
One day I unplugged the fax machine and waited to see if anyone complained. They didn’t. Still nervous, I opened an account with efax, which basically turns a fax into an email. After several months I’ve received 1 fax. But with this Miss. Supreme Court decision, I feel safe terminating my efax account.
For all I know the Miss. Supreme Court has been waging a war of fax machines for a decade. I haven’t paid attention until now. And I’m glad I did.

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