Jury Duty in the Social Media Era

E-Commerce Times

Trial lawyers have always tried to make sure the jurors assigned to their cases are likely to find in favor of their clients and against their opponents. Today, however, social media services such as Facebook, Google+ and Twitter have added complexity and new dynamics — not just to the jury selection process but also to the behaviors that are permitted in court.

Even before social media existed, lawyers would often investigate to learn as much as possible about each potential juror. Their primary goal, of course, was to eliminate potential jurors who may find against their clients.

With the advent of social media, however, lawyers can now search Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and more to learn about prospective jurors.

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