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State._V._Komisarjevsky_20110309161119

State._V._Komisarjevsky_20110309161119

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Published by Helen Bennett
Lawyers for Joshua Komsarjevsky filed an appeal to the Conn. Supreme court over the media's ability to use Twitter during the upcoming trial on murder charges.
Lawyers for Joshua Komsarjevsky filed an appeal to the Conn. Supreme court over the media's ability to use Twitter during the upcoming trial on murder charges.

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Published by: Helen Bennett on Mar 09, 2011
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JOSHUAKOMISARJEVSKYMarch4,2011SUPREMECOURTSTATEOFCONNECTICUTDOCKETNO.:_[J.D.
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DEFENDANT-APPLICANTJOSHUAKOMISARJEVSKY'SAPPLICATIONPURSUANTTO
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ThisisanapplicationtotheChiefJusticeoftheSupremeCourt,madepursuanttoGeneralStatutes
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52-265aandRulesofPractice§83-1.JoshuaKomisarjevskyawaitstrialintheSuperiorCourtoftheJudicialDistrictofNewHavenonnumerouscharges.Theinformationfiledagainsthimsetsforthcapitalfelonycountsandsexualassaultcounts,aswe"asothercounts.
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Notelevisioncamerasweretheretorecordthescene,butpeoplearoundthestateandbeyondinofficesandfamilyroomsstillfollowedeveryword.Themedium?Twitter.HalfadozenreportersformainstreamConnecticutnewspapersandtelevisionstationsclickedoutreportsofupto140charactersoniPads,smartphonesandlaptops.separately,foundguiltyofmostcharges,andsentencedtodeath.DuringthecourseoftheHayestrial,membersofthemediautilizedanelectronicformofcommunicationknownas"Twitter"tobroadcastaconstantstreamof"tweets"(writtenbroadcastsof140charactersorless)fromthecourtroom,providingwhat,inasportingcontest,wouldbedescribedasaplay-by-playdescriptionoftheproceedings.Thesetweetsreportedonthetestimonyasitwaselicited,theexhibitsastheywereintroduced,therulingsastheyweremade,thespectators,theambience,andthetweeters'ownpersonalreactionstocourtroomevents.Someofthesetweeterswere,webelieve,followedbythousandsofpeople.Themedia'sbroadcastingfromthecourtroomincluded,amongotherthings,thenamesoftheminorvictimsanddetaileddescriptionsofevidenceconcerningthesexualoffensecharges.
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Haikujournalism,oneofthecourtroomTwitteruserscalledit.Still,followerslearnedeverything,ifsuccinctly,includingthemostgruesomedetails,aswellaswhowasnapping.inthesecondrowandthescheduleforbreaks.'Itmadeyoufeellikeyouwerethere,'saidLawrenceE.Soda,asupermarketaccountant,whosaidhekeptTwitterreportsofthetrialrollingonhiscomputeratthemarketinNewCanaan.
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Itwasaperfectmixofintenselocalinterestandaportablemediumthatcangowheretelevisioncamerascannot.Thereisnodoubtitischangingtrialreportingand,perhaps,trialsthemselvesbydrawingpeopletocourtroomeventsastheyhappenandpushingoutunvarnishedinformationatthespeedoflight.
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ChrisMarch,anonlineproduceratTheRegisterwhoreportedbyTwitterfromthetrialforthenewspaperonsomedays,saidthejournalistswhowereusingTwitterlearnedfromoneanotherastheyexperimentedwithanewkindofcourtreporting.HesaidtheywereinpartreplacingcamerasthatarenotallowedinthecourtroomforMr.Hayes'strialand,inpart,providingTwitterreaders'averyspecificexperience'thatcouldincludethepersonalreactionsofthepersonsendingthemessage.WilliamGlaberson,
AGrislyMurderTrialin140_CharacterBits,
NYTIMES(Oct.15,2010);see
2201125994369024(onNov.9,2010,FoxNewsreporterGeorgeColli,oneofthereporterswhobroadcasttheHayestrialviaTwitter,tweetedthat"Duringthe#Hayestrial,Ihadover3500tweets,over91,000wordsandusedmorethat550,000characters...").Noobjectionwasmadetothetrialcourt'spermittingtheuseofTwitterinthe
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caseandthusnotrialcourtrulingwasissuedconcerningthepractice.Basedonhiscounsel'sreadingofthePracticeBookand
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