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A Little Bird Told Me About the Trial: Revising Court Rules to Allow Reporting from the Courtroom Via Twitter


Mark L. Tamburri


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Thomas M. Pohl


affiliation not provided to SSRN

M. Patrick Yingling


Reed Smith LLP

September 15, 2010

BNA Electronic Commerce & Law Report, Vol. 15, September 15, 2010

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Over the past year, a handful of courts around the country have confronted the novel issue of whether to allow reporting of criminal trials from inside the courtroom via Twitter, the micro-blogging and social networking service. While courtroom "tweeting" provides the public with innovative and current access to trial information, certain rules banning or otherwise restricting cameras in the courtroom can also be read to prohibit tweeting from the courtroom. These rules, however, were never drafted with Twitter in mind. Given the increasing use of Twitter and related technologies by mainstream news media, it is likely that state rules committees will soon be seeking to revise the language of certain rules. This article provides a brief overview of the media's increasing use of Twitter to report on trials from within courtrooms. The balance of the article details considerations - both legal and practical - that rules committees will necessarily have to weigh to address this emerging trend.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 6

Keywords: Twitter, courtroom, media, reporting, trial

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Date posted: July 19, 2011 ; Last revised: August 19, 2014

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Tamburri, Mark L. and Pohl, Thomas M. and Yingling, M. Patrick, A Little Bird Told Me About the Trial: Revising Court Rules to Allow Reporting from the Courtroom Via Twitter (September 15, 2010). BNA Electronic Commerce & Law Report, Vol. 15, September 15, 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1888025

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Mark L. Tamburri
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Thomas M. Pohl
affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )
M. Patrick Yingling (Contact Author)
Reed Smith LLP ( email )
Pittsburgh, PA
United States
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