Justice Virginia Bell has had enough of juries conducting their own investigations into cases on which they are sitting, by looking it up on the wibbly web.
According to the Australian, Ms Judge wants crown prosecutors in criminal trials to search the internet for potentially prejudicial material and ask any Australian-based website to remove it until the trial is completed.
Unlike America, where reporters are allowed to print police allegations and evidence of a trial before the poor defendant gets to court, the Australian and UK press are only allowed to publish limited information.
The judge, who we cannot name for illegal reasons, basically wants the same laws that protect defendants from the press extended to the Interneb. Of course that is completely impossible. You can read the story here. µ
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