Honour Killing Trial Judge Says No Tweeting in Court
Police allege that they murdered four female relatives, including three daughters, in what is being described as an "honour killing".
As the Law Times article explains:
"According to s. 136 of the Ontario Courts of Justice Act, journalists can’t use electronic devices to record or videotape information inside the court. They can take handwritten notes."McGregor spoke at a panel I organized in May 2010 at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries on the impact of new social networking technologies on trial procedure and juror behaviour.
"The act also provides for exceptions to those rules if a judge sees fit in certain circumstances. The act doesn’t mention social media web sites, however."
"In most instances, it falls on the individual judge to decide whether or not journalists can use BlackBerrys and social media to provide live updates from the court."
"Such issues have surfaced a few times over the last several years."
"In 2009, Ottawa Citizen journalist Glen McGregor tweeted live from the trial of former Ottawa mayor Larry O’Brien. McGregor provided daily play-by-play coverage as allegations of influence peddling unfolded before the courts. The court eventually found O’Brien not guilty."
Earlier Library Boy posts on the topic include:
- Impartiality of Juries Threatened by Web? (October 22, 2009)
- Should Twitter in the Courtroom Be Illegal? (November 11, 2009)
- Are Web 2.0 Media Making Publication Bans a Thing of the Past? (May 13, 2010)