By Stephanie Gardiner, The Sidney Morning Herald:
In the Herald’s photo of Thomas Kelly’s alleged killer, his face is hidden under a blanket.
You might not think that you are in the same position as the editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, but the court might think otherwise
But pictures of 18-year-old Kieran Loveridge are plastered all over Facebook and Twitter profiles, along with accusations of “monster” and “murderer”.
It’s like a trial by social media, a situation legal experts say could pose serious risks to criminal cases and the right to a fair trial.
And, although so far unheard of in Australia, individual social media users could be held legally responsible for their comments… Read more