Blagojevich Ordered Not To Live Tweet His Own Trial
from the stay-quiet dept
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich hasn't exactly been one to stay quiet since being removed from office and charged with corruption. If anything, he's worked hard to make sure that the limelight remains on him as much as possible, including participating in a variety of publicity stunts. The latest was his announced plan to live tweet his own trial on Twitter, a plan that appears to have been quickly shot down by the judge in the trial, who banned him from tweeting from the courtroom. He is allowed to do what he wants outside of the courtroom, though the judge warned him that anything he says could come back to haunt him in court:
The ex-governor will be allowed to continue speaking with the media and appearing on radio programs -- at his own peril.While we've seen stories about jurors tweeting, this is the first I can remember of a defendant wanting to live tweet his own trial...
Zagel told Blagojevich that his sound bites, quips and "repeated public statements" to the cameras could be used against him if he testifies during the trial.
"I'm quite sure it has been explained by his attorneys," Zagel said.