Federal rules bar Twitter in courtroom?

November 10, 2009 at 10:45 am | Posted in Legal Research 101 | Leave a comment
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Rule 53 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure states  “[T]he court must not permit the taking of photographs in the courtroom during  judicial proceedings or the broadcasting of judicial proceedings from the courtroom.”  The judge in United States v. Shelnutt (M.D. Ga. Nov. 2) determined that the term broadcasting means, among other things, sending electronic messages while in the courtroom. 

You can read more about Rule 53 at the Volokh Conspiracy.


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