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Archive for Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Mistrial declared after reporter tweets courtroom photo

April 11, 2012

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— A mistrial was declared in a Topeka murder case after a newspaper reporter sent a courtroom photo via Twitter that showed a juror.

The trial for 20-year-old Austin Tabor will be rescheduled. Tabor is charged with killing 20-year-old Matthew Mitchell in 2010 near a Topeka high school.

Shawnee County District Attorney Lee McGowan says the photo sent Wednesday with a cell phone by a Topeka Capital-Journal reporter showed one or more of the jurors. The judge had allowed camera phones in the courtroom but ordered that no pictures be taken of the jurors.

Topeka Capital-Journal publisher Gregg Ireland said the photo contained a profile of a juror in the background. He says the paper regrets the error and will use it as a training tool for employees.

Comments

somedude20 2 years, 8 months ago

I hope whatever costs have been incurred and whatever costs will come because of this are passed on to the paper not the tax payers. Also, the reported knew better was told not to take any pics but disregarded that and got on his/her own program so he/she need to be disciplined

Mike1949 2 years, 8 months ago

I agree, newspaper should pay for second trial. In addition, since the reporter disregarded the judges orders, I think it is only fair that he be brought up on charges with a jail sentence. Use that as a training video!

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