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Neil Swift comments on the use of social media during a trial

Business Crime partner Neil Swift, explains the danger of a defendant commenting about a trial on social media platforms such as Twitter. Neil’s comments feature in a piece published by Bloomberg titled ‘Ex-Barclays Trader Tweets rather than testifies at trial.’ This piece discusses tweets from former traderStylianos Contogoulas’s personal twitter account during the time of the trial.

Neil comments that “there is very real risk that, if discovered, a running social-media commentary by a defendant could lead to the discharge of the jury and an expensive retrial.”… “The prevalence of social media makes it very difficult for those concerned in maintaining the integrity of the court process.”

To read the full Bloomberg piece, and for Stylianos Contogoulas tweets, see here.


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