Q&A: Social media and courtrooms

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From The Corydon Democrat:

Q: Has there been any sort of precedent set or a ruling regarding posting on social media from Indiana courtrooms? A Google search didn’t give me much information.

I know audio and video recording devices aren’t allowed. To me banging something out on a laptop, tablet or smart phone is no different than scribbling notes in a reporter’s notebook. 

A: It’s currently on a court-by-court basis, with trial court judges determining what they will allow. I agree with your note-taking comparison, and I’ve been attempting to convince the Supreme Court to develop a best practices guideline, to no avail at this point.

Contact Steve Key, HSPA executive director and general counsel, with media law questions at skey@hspa.com or (317) 624-4427.

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