Jurors Tweeting About Trial vs impartiality

California Wants To Put Jurors In Jail For Tweeting About Trial | Techdirt. 26 August 2011

An old post I kept in my “one of those days I’ll read it” folder. In complete disagreement with Mike Masnick on this one. Impartiality is a cornerstone of justice: it is what makes a trial fair. There is no possibility to compromise because justice must not only been done, but seen to be done. Even of the jurors are impartial in their minds and heart, tweeting, by definition to a public audience, will not allow for justice to be seen to be done. So no, whether juror or judge, we must not speak, how tempting it may be.

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About Audrey Guinchard

Senior Lecturer @ University of Essex (UK)
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