Asked about the incident during her speech at the Nov. 30 annual meeting of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association, SJC Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall indicated she might revisit the rule. In today's announcement, the court said:
"The Committee's task is to provide the Justices with a recommendation regarding changes, if any, that should be made in the canons or commentary to that provision of the Code, or such other recommendations relating to public comment by judges that the Committee wishes to make. The Justices have asked the Committee to submit its report within three months."Chairing the 11-member committee is Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh, a former media lawyer. Other members include lawyers, judges and a law professor.