As soon as Mike McQueary testified in court last month that he saw Jerry Sandusky sexually assault a boy in a Penn State locker room shower, reporters tweeted his words, giving the public an instant online news update.
Under a new state court proposal, that wouldn’t be allowed.
Court officials are considering an addition to the ban on the “transmission of communications” to include electronic devices like cellphones, computers, iPads or other tablets during court proceedings. It would amend the broadcasting rule that prohibits cameras in courtrooms and would essentially define tweeting — posting messages via the Twitter website — as broadcasting.
The rule change was proposed by a subcommittee of the two committees that govern criminal and civil court procedures in Pennsylvania. The subcommittee is recommending the change because judges across the state have interpreted the existing rules differently, with some allowing tweeting and others banning it, said court spokesman Art Heinz.
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