Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Social media impacts courts

The Ohio Supreme Court justice says the growth of social media networks and the popularity of smartphones may force the court to update rules for courtroom broadcasting, according to the Dayton Daily News.

Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger says current rules covering video and radio broadcasting of court proceedings were set up when no one imagined today's available technology. Any changes would have to balance First Amendment rights with a judge's goal of ensuring a fair trial.

The Supreme Court examined the impact on courts of Twitter, Facebook, and smartphones. Erie County Common Pleas Court earlier this month banned cellphones, laptops and other electronic devices to prevent jurors or others from posting inappropriate information during trials.

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