Jury’s out on who’s at fault for the latest media misstep

Weeks after a clampdown on tweeting in court by laypeople, the actions of bona fide journalists have just scuttled two criminal trials

9th December, 2018
Three trials have collapsed at the Central Criminal Court in the past fortnightMaura Hickey

RTÉ is declining to comment after a Prime Time interview collapsed a murder trial last week, with the judge criticising what she called “a parallel justice system in the court of public opinion”.

Given that the national broadcaster appears to have inflicted the damage inadvertently, Justice Carmel Stewart’s remarks were arguably an unfair characterisation of the role played by the current affairs show in the demise of a jury case.

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