Many courtrooms across the continent currently ban people from bringing smart phones into a trial or hearing, never mind allowing people to actually live-Tweet or blog the proceedings. That's a real waste. Live coverage of court proceedings is an invaluable educational tool for citizens and provides the kind of scrutiny that motivates judges, lawyers and jurors to maintain high standards and take care with every decision. If you don't allow natural courtroom watchdogs, the sense quickly grows that courts are closed, secretive and unfair places. Justice is supposed to be blind. The citizens of a free country aren't.