In one sign of the times in the Internet age, an important aspect of our trial coverage for many readers can be live tweets of court proceedings.
It was the case during the second Blagojevich trial and again this week as Jennifer Hudson took the stand in the trial of William Balfour, the former brother-in-law accused in the Chicago slayings of the Oscar-winning actress and singer’s mother, brother and nephew.
The updates provide up-to-the-minute developments in a broader story that appeared in the newspaper and online.
In this high-profile trial, the Cook County sheriff's office provided media credentials to local reporters and People Magazine,E! Entertainment Television and TMZ. And the judge issued a strict decorum order that, among other things, forbids live-tweeting from the courtroom.
Online commenters naturally asked us, then, how reporters Stacy St. Clair and Jason Meisner were providing 140-character-or-less twitter updates like this:
"Jennifer Hudson says was 'never' friends with Balfour and didn't talk to him. 'I tried to keep my distance with William any chance I got.'"
The answer: Court officials provided an overflow room for reporters with a realtime transcript of the trial.
Here’s a copy of singer Jennifer Hudson’s testimony transcript as it appears in court records.
-- James Janega
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