More accurately, I guess, trial coverage by tweet. A reporter as been given permission by a federal judge in Kansas to pubish updates from the courtroom via Twitter. A few of his dispatches by tweet:
— “Judge Marten is talking to reluctant witness in chambers with a court reporter transcribing the conversation.”
— “The witness who was yelling in the hallway earlier has not returned to the courthouse.”
— “Defendants are chatting and laughing among themselves.”
— “Exhibits are shown electronically. Every juror has a monitor in the box. There is a monitor at each lawyer’s table and one for the gallery.”
It won’t be long before journalism schools offer a course in “journalism in 140 characters or less.”
We’ve already seen a blogging juror become a potential issue on appeal. But it seems unlikely we’ll see tweeting jurors any time soon. It would be awfully hard to tweet from the jury box without being noticed.
UPDATE: I was wrong.