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Legal Community Divided Over Use Of Internet In Michael Jackson Case

by Glen Shapiro, LawAndTax-News.com, New York

31 December 2003


The decision taken by California prosecutors to establish a web site containing information on the child abuse charges levelled at Michael Jackson has divided the US legal community, according to reports.

The site, which was created to alleviate the media furore surrounding the case, has been heralded by some observers as a victory for public access.

However, other observers have suggested that the move undermines the court proceedings, and will create more of a media frenzy.

Speaking to Reuters this week, William Weston, associate dean and professor at the Concord Law School expressed support for the latter reading of the situation, explaining that:

"When you throw details out on the internet, it diminishes the dignity of the court. It now puts the case in the court of public opinion."


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