March 31, 2009
Judge Prohibits Blackberry Use by Jurors
There will be no Twittering in the courtroom.
"I understand there is a temptation to review [news] stories," Supreme Court Justice Kirke Bartley said as he ordered panel members to stay away from their computers. "You are not to conduct research...particularly on the Internet."
"Blogging, BlackBerrys, whatever," are prohibited, he said in the nearly 10-minute lecture.
Warner was referring to the popular instant social-networking Web site Twitter. With easy access to the Internet, jurors around the country are increasingly turning to the medium to satisfy their curiosity about a case they are sitting on - and that is resulting in costly mistrials.
Read full article here. [Brooks Holland]
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