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.
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