Lawyer Gets Busted Live-Tweeting Supreme Court Healthcare Proceedings

I like Twitter. I think it’s a powerful social networking tool. But I cannot take the word “tweet” seriously and this case in no exception.

Casey Mattox, a lawyer for the Alliance Defense Fund, found himself in hot water on Tuesday when he was caught live-tweeting by proxy arguments from a healthcare preceding at the US Supreme Court. The court has a strict rule against electronic communication, something Mattox was unaware of, according to a spokesperson for the ADF. Mattox was supposedly listening to proceedings from the Lawyer’s Room adjacent to the Court itself, where he would frequently step out to send updates to a colleague who would then post them on the ADF’s official Twitter account.

This feels like a story from The Onion. Is live-tweeting the new wiretapping? More importantly, do you think Mattox was wrong to do what he did? The reason the Supreme Court gives as to why they don’t allow communication like this is to limit outside influence on what lawyers and justices say. There’s definitely a valid point there, but there’s also a point to be made about total disclosure.

via The Verge

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