Front page of The Irish Times, March 30, 2018
Broadsheet commenter Shayna, who was questioned by the PSNI following comments she made on the site, will not faces charges of contempt.
Shayna, who has contributed to Broadsheet since 2010, was the foreperson at the Belfast Rape Trial.
She was contacted by the office of The Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland who told her the Irish Times had alerted their staff to comments following the trial.
Believing correctly they were innocuous and did not breach jury guidelines, Shayna contacted the paper.
The story made the front page of the following morning’s Irish Times (above) stating without evidence:
‘In the posts the juror addressed the reasons the jury came to its decision.’
The article contained quotes from a deeply distressed Shayna awaiting the police in her kitchen at her home in Belfast.
She was further taunted and had her quotes ridiculed on twitter by staff members of the Irish Times.
In an article that appears in today’s Irish Times, in a small section on the bottom of page 4, The Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland is reported as saying:
‘The attorney general has decided not to institute proceedings for contempt against the juror.”
Previously: ‘I Am Liable For Arrest’