Thomas Kelly’s death: a trial by social media

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

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