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Independent.co.uk: Online ‘made a mockery of High Court’ in Baby P case

August 12th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Legal

“The rules which should have prevented online publication are governed by an outdated piece of legislation enacted at a time when Parliament could not have comprehended what a website might be, never mind know how one might work in the context of the criminal law,” writes the Independent’s law editor, Robert Verkaik.

Verkaik is referring to the transgression of reporting restrictions, which banned the identification of Baby P’s mother and stepdad, by bloggers, online forum users and Facebook groups. The restrictions were officially lifted this week.

“There then appears to be a double standard at work, where the law is incapable of punishing flagrant breaches of court orders by internet transgressors while imposing draconian sentences on the mainstream media for committing much less serious breaches. The internet was born into a lawless cyberspace and has little respect for the fusty orders of the High Court.”

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Newwest.net, an online publication based in the Rockies, reports that its founder, Jonathan Weber, was ordered to stop tweeting from a trial this week.

“Federal Bankruptcy Judge Ralph B. Kirscher shut down the use of Twitter in a Missoula courtroom today during a trial that has pit the members of the ritzy Yellowstone Club against former owner Tim Blixseth and lender Credit Suisse.”

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