Thursday, November 29, 2012

To Tweet or Not to Tweet: When in Doubt, Don't!

Note to lawyers in France: I give you a new commandment: Thou shalt not Tweet while in the middle of an attempted murder trial -- especially Tweeting about the judge!

Two French prosecutors were suspended when it was discovered they had been tweeting messages to each other throughout a three day hearing. In one exchange, one attorney asked the other how long a prosecutor would get if he strangled the judge. The other responded that he would be a character witness for him. The first tweeted that he would return the favor if the latter strangled the court clerk.

It may seem like a mere case of a couple of hard-working barristers releasing some tension or letting off steam. After all, trials are trying on an attorney's nerves. But doing it on Twitter is insane. These two educated men were rightfully suspended if for no other reason than failing to exercise common sense!


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