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Deputy Chief Magistrate for Australia’s State of Victoria, Ms. Felicity Broughton, ordered social media giants Facebook and Twitter to remove content she deems potentially prejudicial to a jury in murder case. The Aussie judge agreed with the defendant's lawyers that such social media may make it difficult to assemble an impartial jury. Erik Sass of MediaPost.com reports: Broughton made the decision in response to the defense attorneys for Bayley, who argued that the angry commentary on social media sites would make it difficult to assemble an impartial jury to hear Bayley’s case.
The judge did not ban a 20,000-strong march in memory of the rape/murder victim, Jill Meagher. Did the march have less effect on biasing a jury than social media? Should government have the right to ban social media? Should Twitter and Facebook comply with an Australian court's request?
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Killed ... Jill Meagher. Photo: AFP photo/Australian Broadcastin

MEDIAPOST.COM reports:
Aussie Judge Orders Social Media Content Removed for Murder Case - 10/11/2012

Read More: http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/1850...

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  • Swampdog PWCM 2012/10/12 00:42:56
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    Swampdog PWCM
    +3
    I live 15 miles from Sanford Fla. the social media has already tried and convicted George Zimmerman of murder for the death of Travon Martin even before the trial has begun. Big brother is everywhere and so is the echo of his followers!

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  • Michael 2012/10/14 05:23:23
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    Michael
    Any one could write anything and not give the defendant the opportunity to cross examine.it is considered hearsay as it should be.
  • lucky 2012/10/12 16:26:59
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    lucky
    I think it could fall under the Imminent lawless action clause. The swaying of a jury in a murder case is no small thing, although once the trial is over, that order should be lifted and the information allowed to flow freely.
  • sjalan 2012/10/12 15:30:22
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    sjalan
    For the sole purpose of picking a jury yes I'd agree. Once the jury is seated and alternates chosen, then remove the restriction.
  • SiliconSorcerer 2012/10/12 12:08:12
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    SiliconSorcerer
    Free speech is free speech here in America. I don't think facebook or twitter is based in Australia so the can blow it out their a...
  • wolfshadow 2012/10/12 07:13:25
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    wolfshadow
    If they aren't based in Australia then the court has no jurisdiction to order squat. Last I heard both are here in the US and subject to US law.... and last time I checked... we still were using the first amendment.
  • sandra smith 2012/10/12 06:13:26
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    sandra smith
    Historically, it's been difficult enough to assemble as nearly impartial a jury, especially ina high profile and emotionally charged case, such as this sounds, so anything that ADDS to that difficulty should be removed, and "texting, tweeting," etc. is a distraction and a potentially prejudicing source of information not part of a case that needs to not be part of the milieu!
  • Kat ♪ ~BTO-t-BCRA-F~ ♪ 2012/10/12 05:01:56
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    Kat ♪ ~BTO-t-BCRA-F~ ♪
    Hard to find a jury that hasn't been tainted in todays electronic era.
  • MarinerFH 2012/10/12 03:37:51
  • Elaine Magliacane 2012/10/12 03:25:43 (edited)
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    Elaine Magliacane
    LOTS of people do not use facebook or twitter... my husband uses neither I only use facebook occasionally...so I could be on a jury and I assume lots of people could be found to sit on a jury that did not see anything.. the judge is WRONG to restrict free speech.
  • P. Sturm 2012/10/12 02:30:59
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    P. Sturm
    They really and truly need to write a Constitution with a Bill of Rights, instead of leaving judges shooting shadows in the dark trying to protect someones rights.
  • lovemykiddos 2012/10/12 02:28:54
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    lovemykiddos
    +1
    Sure anything blocking an impartial jury should be blocked but it may have benn able to be handled better.
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2012/10/12 01:57:54 (edited)
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    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    We have to deal with FRAUD from leftwing "news" TV here. Zimmerman's case is an example. Twitter and Facebook are just opinions.
  • Swampdog PWCM 2012/10/12 00:42:56
    Agree
    Swampdog PWCM
    +3
    I live 15 miles from Sanford Fla. the social media has already tried and convicted George Zimmerman of murder for the death of Travon Martin even before the trial has begun. Big brother is everywhere and so is the echo of his followers!
  • sandra ... Swampdo... 2012/10/12 06:15:40
    sandra smith
    +1
    This is an excellent example of why!
  • Swampdo... sandra ... 2012/10/13 13:24:33
    Swampdog PWCM
    I agree.
  • Lester 2012/10/12 00:39:53
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    Lester
    +1
    I'm not an expert in Australian law, but in the US a temporary restraining order is perfectly legal and such things are used all the time. As long as the ban is lifted once the trial is done, I don't see how this prohibits free speech. Defendants have a right to an unbiased jury, and society has a right to information. Limiting information until after the trial is over protects everyone's rights.
  • Jimbo 2012/10/12 00:32:39
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    Jimbo
    +1
    I believe in free speech. Australia does not support free speech.

    There are a lot of people on SH who do not use FB or Twitter. I don't think it will make a difference if on social media or not.
  • sandra ... Jimbo 2012/10/12 06:19:21
    sandra smith
    Unfortunately, all it takes is one or two on a jury, to taint the entire case. If it was YOUR life would you still feel that way? I support free speech too, and I also believe we are ALL accountable for our words as well as our deeds; and when our words would cause conflict of interest, such as during a trial, each of us should be accountable enough to refrain from such media.
  • Jimbo sandra ... 2012/10/12 07:10:31
    Jimbo
    I understand but it is still free speech. So people should not be allowed to post anything about ongoing trials? What about the news? There is a lot of stuff on the news too.

    Do you have a Facebook or Twitter account?
  • cookiemonster 2012/10/12 00:20:37
    Agree
    cookiemonster
    +1
    Should not be on social media at all

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