A Pennsylvania judge just overturned a prior ruling that prohibited reporters from tweeting or emailing during alleged sex offender and former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's preliminary hearing on Tuesday. Signed by presiding judge John M. Cleland, the order (PDF) details not only that tweeting does not violate a rule that forbids "simultaneous transmission of an audio and/or visual record of events as they are occurring" but also that "tweeting will enhance the news gathering capabilities of reporters" as well as the fact that a jury will not be present at the day-long trial means that the tweets couldn't interfere with their decision. The previous list of rules for the hearing (PDF) quite forcefully ruled against the use of all electronic devices during the hearing and warned that those who disobeyed would "be subject to the penalties for contempt of court," including fines and jail time. So if you were already sick to death of Sandusky news, you might just want to make it a no-Twitter Tuesday.
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