Constitution Daily

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Constitution Check: Can reporters be barred from using social media during a criminal trial?

April 19, 2012 By Lyle Denniston

Between the extremes of a hands-off attitude and assigning blame for destroying courtroom decorum, trial judges have very wide discretion to decide how to run their courtrooms.

Social media and the 2012 election

April 18, 2012 By Andrew Rasiej

This year, technology and social media sites, most visibly Facebook and Twitter, continue to have a dramatic impact on the political world.

The evolving Constitution: How Facebook, Google and Twitter cause problems for the right to a fair trial

January 12, 2012 By Lori Andrews

Before Facebook, Twitter and Google, it was pretty easy to keep jurors in line...But now with a quick search on a smartphone—or a peek at a defendant’s Facebook page—jurors are routinely breaching the right to a fair trial, and courts, lawyers, and legislatures are trying to figure out what to do about it.

Constitution Check: Can copyright and the First Amendment coexist on the Internet?

December 22, 2011 By Lyle Denniston

The sometimes heated debate over how free the Internet should be was on public display in angry shouting matches at a recent meeting of the House Judiciary Committee working on drafts of the proposed “Stop Online Piracy Act.”

Short and tweet: Obama's economic policy, 140 characters at a time

July 7, 2011 By NCC Staff

The White House performed the public service of condensing the President's Town Hall responses into bite-size tweets

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