In the land of Aussie, a Judge has made the claim that crown prosecutors in criminal trials should search the internet for potentially prejudicial material and ask any Australian-based website to remove it until the trial is completed
. The Judge believes that juries often conduct their own investigations into cases on which they are sitting on, all by means of the internet.
Unlike America, where reporters are allowed to print police allegations and evidence of a trial before the poor defendant gets to court, the Australian and UK press are only allowed to publish limited information.
The judge, who we cannot name for illegal reasons, basically wants the same laws that protect defendants from the press extended to the Internet.
Much as I am sure that this is about to happen and be manageable (not!) it does raise some interesting legal and moral questions about justice in the information age.