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Thursday, June 05, 2014

Ind. Courts - No tweeting (etc.) from SD Indiana courtrooms

The May 29th order from Chief Judge Richard L. Young doesn't specifically mention tweeting, or texting, or taking notes on your laptop, but it does order:

... that cellular phones, electronic tablets, personal digital assistants, and all other electronic devices capable of audio or video recording be turned off (and not simply silenced) in all courtrooms of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
This includes counsel, unless the presiding judge expressly so permits.

The order relies on the familiar airlines contention that the ban will "mitigate interference with sensitive courtroom sound equipment." It also relies on the:

... Rule 53 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and policy of the Judicial Conference of the United States [provisions] that courtroom proceedings in civil and criminal cases in federal district courts may not be broadcast, televised, recorded, or photographed.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 5, 2014 04:13 PM
Posted to Ind Fed D.Ct. Decisions