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Reporter’s Tweeted Photo Leads to Mistrial in Topeka Murder Case

Posted Apr 12, 2012 7:07 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A Topeka judge has declared a mistrial in a murder case because a reporter inadvertently tweeted a photo of one of the jurors.

Reporter Ann Marie Bush of the Topeka Capital-Journal was allowed to take photos with a camera phone as long as no jurors were pictured, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports. When she was covering the opening of the trial with live tweets, one photo was posted that showed a profile of a juror in the background, according to Capital-Journal publisher Gregg Ireland.

“The Capital-Journal regrets the error and loss of the court’s time,” Ireland said in a statement. “We will use this as a training opportunity for our staff members as they strive to bring information to our readers in digital and print media.”

The trial of 20-year-old Austin Tabor will likely be rescheduled for June or July. He is accused in a 2010 fatal shooting outside a high school.

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