Federal Judge OKs Kansas Media Request for Twitter

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A federal judge grants a reporter's request to send Twitter posts from the courtroom during a trial.

U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten ruled Monday that the posts would not prejudice jurors since they're told to avoid newspaper, broadcast and online reports about the case.

Wichita Eagle reporter Ron Sylvester requested to use Twitter while covering the trial of a group of men accused of racketeering through the Crips street gang.

Twitter posts from journalists are becoming common in state courts. But federal courts are usually more restrictive. Federal courts, for example, still don't allow cameras.

People use Twitter to update others on what they're doing or observing. The postings are limited to 140 characters and can be sent from a mobile phone or computer.

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