Courtroom Live-Blogging Raises Legal Issues

By: Marissa Brassfield - Published: Mar 18, 2009 • References: msnbc.msn &
Twitter’s popularity is out of control, and even jurors are getting into the act while they’re in the courtroom. This is exciting for people who care about social media, but not particularly conducive to courtroom privacy. MSNBC reports that earlier this week, a Philadelphia juror in a high-profile public corruption case disclosed to his Facebook friends to "Stay tuned for a big announcement on Monday."

The live-blogging Twitter phenomenon has already proven its power to disseminate viral news during elections and plane crashes. MSNBC says that some lawyers, however, are pushing for jury instructions to be updated so that confidential information revealed in court cases remains so. Stats for Twittering Jurors Trending: Older & Chilly
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