March 26, 1991
The Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics, at its meeting of March 14, 1991, considered your inquiry (91-461, dated March 12, 1991, inquiring whether you may write a letter, at the request of a close friend, to a judge in connection with your friend’s criminal sentencing.
Your question appears to be answered by our previous Opinion 89-73, a copy of which is enclosed. Accordingly, you may not write the letter voluntarily, but may respond to requests by the probation department for a reference.
Very truly yours,
Samuel J. Silverman