While not all jury deliberations are watched by hordes of people in underground bunkers with wiretapping equipment and video monitors like those in movie The Runaway Jury, they are serious nonetheless – and meant to be secret. But in the age of Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites, jurors posts or internet research about a case can have dire consequences.
Judges around the country are concerned. In one case, a juror’s Tweets may have even let a murder off of death row. Some states have outlawed the practice. There are proposals online for jury instructions to help steer jurors in the right direction.
What does this mean to you:
Our civil justice system depends on fair and impartial jurors deciding cases based on the facts presented. Trial lawyers should keep abreast of these constantly evolving technologies to best represent their clients.