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Judge allows media real-time updates

Journalists covering the guilty plea and sentencing of Col. Russell Williams will be able to provide the public live text updates from within the courtroom, a judge has ordered.

Journalists covering the guilty plea and sentencing of Col. Russell Williams will be able to provide the public live text updates from within the courtroom, a judge has ordered.

Following a closed-door session Thursday with lawyers representing victims, the crown, media and Williams, Justice Robert Scott replaced an earlier order banning all electronic devices from the hearing, which begins Monday.

Saying it was “important that the press have a position” on the ban, Scott said journalists with credentials will be able to text bring phones, BlackBerry devices and laptops into court to provide real-time text reporting.

Williams, 47, intends to plead guilty to first-degree murder in the deaths of air force flight attendant Cpl. Marie-France Comeau, 38, of Brighton and Jessica Lloyd, 27, of Belleville.

He has also indicated he will plead guilty to home invasion and sexual assaults of two women in the Tweed area, along with 82 fetish break, enter and thefts in Ottawa, Tweed and Belleville.

The order lifting the media electronics ban came after an application by the Ottawa Citizen.

 
 
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