Judge bans Twitter from court
Federal judge in Georgia says criminal procedure rule should be interpreted to ban Twitter updates during a trial.
Twittering from court is prohibited, according to a federal judge in Georgia who banned spectators from sending live updates from a criminal trial.
U.S. District Judge Clay Land in Georgia wrote that Rule 53 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure should be interpreted to ban Twitter.
Rule 53 says: "Except as otherwise provided by a statute or these rules, the court must not permit the taking of photographs in the courtroom during judicial proceedings or the broadcasting of judicial proceedings from the courtroom."
A reporter for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer had asked permission to Twitter updates from the corruption trial of local attorney Mark Shelnutt, which was scheduled to start on Monday.
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