That policy extends to many courts around the country, but as the AP reports today, civil liberties advocates are pushing for judges to lighten up on courtroom tweeting:

“We’re troubled by this ban,” said Ed Yohnka, Chicago spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union. Tweeting and social media are “merely the 21st century version of what reporters have always done — gather information and disseminate it.”

Judges, he said, should embrace Twitter as a way to shed light on the judicial process, which, for many Americans, remains shrouded in mysterious ritual.

Some judges, though, aren’t enamored with the idea — a courtroom full of people staring at their phones could disturb the proceedings.

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