New rule will let warden halt condemned’s last words Columbus Dispatch
The last words of condemned killers in Ohio could be shortened, edited or stopped under a new prison rule that has critics voicing First Amendment complaints. The change was prompted by the May 13, 2010, execution of Michael Beuke. He held death at bay for 17 minutes by reciting the rosary prayers of the Roman Catholic Church while strapped to the lethal-injection table at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility near Lucasville. Since resuming executions in February 1999, the state has imposed no limits or restrictions on last statements by the 41 men it has executed. The old policy said: “There will be no restriction on the content of the condemned prisoner’s statement and no unreasonable restriction on the duration of the prisoner’s last statement.” The new policy: “The warden may impose reasonable limits on the content and length of the statement. The warden may also terminate a statement that he or she believes to be intentionally offensive to the witnesses.” [Now that's censorship!]
Twitter use ‘could lead to mistrials’ Telegraph
Court-based tweeting is likely to increase the risk of a mistrial and misuse of the internet by jurors must stop if the jury system is to survive, the country’s most senior judge has said. Lord Judge, the Lord Chief Justice, warned it was all too easy for campaigners to bombard the micro-blogging site Twitter with messages in a bid to influence the outcome of a hearing. “We cannot stop people tweeting, but if jurors look at such material, the risks to the fairness of the trial will be very serious, and ultimately the openness of the trial process on which we all rely would be damaged,” he said.
Google’s wi-fi data to be deleted BBC
The UK’s information commissioner has said that wi-fi data accidentally collected by Google’s Street View cars will be deleted “as soon as possible”. Deputy information commissioner David Smith told the BBC that there would be no further enquiries into the matter. He said there was no indication that any information collected “had fallen into the wrong hands”. It will not appease critics who called for the search giant to be fined.
Rogers faces $10 million penalty on ads Toronto Star
Rogers Communications could face more than $10 million in penalties after an investigation by Canada’s Competition Bureau determined that advertising for the company’s flanker brand was misleading. ‘We take misleading advertising very seriously,’ federal Competition Commissioner Melanie Aitken said Friday. ‘Consumers deserve accurate information when making purchasing decisions and need to have confidence they are not being misled by false advertising campaigns.’
Virgin Media Warns UK Not to Hand BT Public Money for Superfast Broadband ISP Review
Cable giant Virgin Media has warned the UK government not to burn its £830m pot of public money on BT . The cash has been set aside, until 2017, to help the rollout of new “super-fast” broadband services into areas where private sector investment alone will not go. Ironically Virgin Media, which refuses to offer its cable platform out to rival ISPs on a wholesale basis, still hopes to make use of BT’s telephone poles in order to extend its own coverage. However they have pledged that such activity would not “be driven by government funding”.
The Son Also Rises: Should William be king? Associated Press
King Charles or King William? Royal wedding bells have reignited the debate over whether Prince Charles should step aside to let his more popular son William be king. Many are pushing the idea as the nation buzzes over the announcement of William’s engagement to longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton. They argue that Charles’ standing suffered irreparable harm when his marriage to Princess Diana fell apart and seamy details of his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles went public. Others say he is, at 62, simply too old to start an effective reign after his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, dies. It’s more than an academic question: the queen is 84 years old, albeit in seemingly excellent health.
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