The federal government raised the stakes Friday in civil litigation over the 2010 Gulf oil spill, joining other plaintiffs in asking a judge to rule that workers' refusal to testify amounted to unfavorable evidence against companies involved in the accident.
While such a finding only would apply in civil proceedings - failure to testify cannot be evidence against criminal defendants - the Justice Department's move raises the pressure on BP and others involved in settlement negotiations with the government, and a lawyer for one of the workers said he expects more criminal charges soon.
Daphne Duret, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — At the Palm Beach County Courthouse, where May is Juror Appreciation Month, citizens who answer the call for jury service can tap into free Internet access from their smartphone to surf, tweet, text, post and blog to their heart's content.
Several years ago, one local juror used an iPhone in just that way - and ended up adding a Palm Beach County manslaughter trial to the growing list of cases tossed because of jurors' use of electronic communications and social media.
By Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel
12:07 a.m. EST, May 1, 2012
Usually, when a teenager is shot in Central Florida, the people of Los Angeles, New York or London don't take to the streets, as they did to protest the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
But Twitter carried the teen's name across the globe. Social media turned a fatal shooting in Sanford into a rallying cry, and helped organize a popular uprising that spread like wildfire. Since, each new development has been analyzed and deconstructed by thousands online.
Teens and young adults brought up from childhood with a continuous connection to each other and to information will be nimble, quick-acting multitaskers who count on the Internet as their external brain and who approach problems in a different way from their elders, according to a new survey of technology experts.
Facebook or Twitter: What does your choice of social networking site say about you?
February 2, 2012 -- by Christian Jarrett
Social l networking sites have changed our lives. There were 500 million active Facebook users in 2011 and approximately 200 million Twitter accounts. As users will know, the sites have important differences. Facebook places more of an emphasis on who you are and who you know. Twitter restricts users to 140-character updates and is more about what you say than who you are. A new study asks whether and how the way people use these sites is related to their personality, and whether there are personalty differences between people who prefer one site over the other.