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But surely, the moment they are issued by their defendants lawyers, they are in the public domain and can be reported freely ?

Or does free speech not apply to things said by lawyers ?

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jul 25th, 2012 at 07:57:14 AM EST
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Well the worry is, if it's sufficiently widely published, the Judge could allow a claim that it was no longer possible to have a fair trial, as people have already made up their minds. The closer to the trial date, the more likely for that to happen.   It's not beyond the bounds of possibility that the defendents lawyers might push to make that happen as a realistic possibility for their clients to avopid incarceration.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Jul 25th, 2012 at 08:29:49 AM EST
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AT the very least it is desirable to be able to note that the data was released, or make a credible accusation that it was released, by defense lawyers to poison the well of potential jurors. But if the Guardian puts the data up on its website this becomes much more difficult to maintain.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Jul 25th, 2012 at 12:48:23 PM EST
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