Wednesday, June 9, 2010

No Tweets For Blagojevich In The Court Room

Interesting preemptive strike by Judge Zagel today who ordered Ex-Governer Blagojevich to not tweet from the courtroom during his trial. This is yet another example of Twitter finding an increasing presense in our court system.

In July of last year, we reported about a libel lawsuit involving twitter messages that got a former tenant in hot water with her apartment management company. We also reported in October about the increasing use of social media tools like twitter as evidence in divorce law cases.

Of course, the news isn't all bad...especially for recent law school graduate Rex Gradeless who in March planned to charge $174 per tweet to advertise to his 76,000 followers.

This all follows the ultimate question I commonly receive from attorneys: should lawyers be using twitter? Based on the recent cases in the news, I would suggest that the answer is becoming increasingly say the least.


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