Attorney-General in further warning on contempt

Attorney-General in further warning on contempt

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Does the Attorney General read the blog? We posted about our reasons for not covering the Lee Rigby case yesterday. This follows a week where there were issues surrounding the naming of the co-defendants in the Ian Watkins case, and James Baines narrowly avoided an immediate custodial sentence for posting photographs purportedly of the killers of James Bulger.

This morning (4th December 2013) the A-G, Dominic Grieve QC went on the news to announce that he would be publishing guidance the general public on using twitter (and other social media) whilst a trial is ongoing.

It is generally a matter of common sense, and as a general rule, if there’s a doubt about whether you should be tweeting, then don’t. We will review the guidelines when they are published.

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Dan is a barrister at 2 Dr. Johnson’s Buildings practising in crime.

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