/ February 24, 2009

Twitter in Kansas Federal Court

U.S. District Court Judge J Thomas Marten is going to allow Witchita Eagle reporter Ron Sylvester to cover the trial of six accused gang members on his blog, What the Judge Ate for Breakfast. (See his post about being allowed to Twitter from court here).  This is not the first time Twitter’s been allowed in federal court.  Last month, U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett of Sioux City, Iowa allowed reporter Trish Mehaffey to cover a tax fraud case via Twitter.

According to Sylvester’s blog, Judge Marten said that he did not see allowing Twitter posts as prejudicial.  As always, jurors will be advised against viewing news coverage (these Twitter posts are obviously included).

Source: ABA Journal

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