Reporter’s courtroom tweet leads to Topeka mistrial

A Topeka judge declared a mistrial in a murder case after a Topeka Capital-Journal reporter tweeted a courtroom photo that showed a juror.

“A photo inadvertently was posted that contained the profile of a juror in the background,” (publisher Gregg) Ireland said. “The Capital-Journal regrets the error and loss of the court’s time. 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.”

Reporter Ann Marie Bush was live-tweeting the trial, and posted this photo. I’ve emailed Gregg Ireland to confirm this is the photo in question.

(edited to blur juror’s face)


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