Newsweek Banned From CO Theater Trial For Disclosing Juror’s Name


A judge banned Newweek reporters from the Arapahoe County Justice Center, site of the Aurora, Co., shooting trial, after the magazine published the name of a juror in the James Holmes case online in both a story and a tweet, reports the Los Angeles Times. An angry Judge Carlos Samour, who had ordered the media not to publish or broadcast jurors’ names, said Newsweek “should know better. It is really disappointing that something like this happened.” Juror 737, the foreman, told Samour and the attorneys that a stranger had tweeted to him and attached a link to a Newsweek story that used his first and last names.

Newsweek took down the offending items and apologized to the court in a written statement. “Newsweek mistakenly identified a juror in the Aurora, Colorado trial in an early story and social media post about the verdict against James Holmes on July 17,” said Kira Bindrim, Newsweek managing editor. “When alerted to the error, Newsweek quickly updated the story to remove the juror’s identity,” she continued. “The social media post was also later deleted. Newsweek very much regrets these errors and respects the court’s decision.”

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