What's that reporter doing in court? 'Twittering.'

Federal judges begin to allow direct reporting from their courtrooms.

, The National Law Journal

Many federal court judges have barred the use of electronic devices in their courtrooms, prohibiting everything from laptops to handheld devices that can send electronic messages, often in the interest of insulating jurors from media coverage to ensure a fair trial for defendants. Still, the U.S. Judicial Conference has no formal policy on the matter, leaving such questions up to individual judges. And some federal judges are opening the door to the press reporting directly from their courtrooms in the interest of bringing more transparency to the judicial process.

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