Reporter may be charged over tweet at Redknapp trial
Thursday 09 February 2012
The Attorney General is considering bringing charges after a man was pulled off the jury at the Harry Redknapp trial because his name was tweeted by a reporter.
Trial judge Anthony Leonard reported the tweet to the Government's legal adviser for what he called a "gross breach" of laws designed to allow a fair trial.
"It's quite unbelievable," he said about the offending tweet, which led to a new jury being sworn in before the trial opened. The judge imposed a ban on tweeting from the courtroom following the alleged breach by a reporter from The Guardian.
Dominic Grieve, the Attorney General, is also considering bringing charges over discussions on talkSPORT radio station about the case last November. Both cases are still under consideration but four other alleged breaches of court orders by newspapers linked to the Redknapp case are not being taken further.
Mr Grieve this week decided not to prosecute footballer Joey Barton over his comments about Chelsea's John Terry, who is due to stand trial in July for alleged racial abuse.
Justin Bieber was one of the hardest hit
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more