Caryn Myers Morrison’s article, Jury 2.0, 62 Hastings L. Rev. 1579 made me wonder; does the nationalism of every news story render motions for change of venue irrelevant?
It amazing to see just how far the French Government is willing to go to prevent Anglicization of its country. A French governmental commission, charged with assuring that Anglican words and traditions don’t infiltrate its boarders, has directed that all official French government legislation and correspondence use the word mot-diese, (meaning sharp word) in place of the familiar hashtag. A few years back the French government was successful in changing the word email to courriel, and so there is no reason to think that the new word for hashtag might just catch on beyond the governmental mandate. Interesting to see just how far a country can go in mandating language, without the cloak of the Constitution as a bar.
The Dayton Business Journal recently published the list of the top ten most visited social media websites. The list was compiled based on total number of visits. No big surprise with Facebook, YouTube and Twitter in the top three spots. Interesting to me was that Pintrest ranked fourth and that two relatively new sites, MeetMe and Tagged, scored pretty high up there, bumping Yelp at the same time. Nothing much legal about a list of sites, but I think it interesting to have a sense of just what we are speaking of when we say “social media.”
So, the Husband of the U.S. Prosecutor who charged Aaron Swartz was using Twitter to defend his Wife’s reputation. It didn’t go over well, apparently. Interesting to note that under the Model Rules, a Prosecutor probably shouldn’t be saying the kind of things that her husband did on his Twitter – does SHE have any responsibility for what HE posts?