Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Social Media Use By Jurors

There's an interesting article on Third Branch News - the U.S. Courts news website - on an update to the model jury instructions used by Federal judges to deter the use of social media by jurors during trial. 
A Judicial Conference Committee has updated the model set of jury instructions(pdf) federal judges use to deter jurors from using social media to research or communicate about cases on which they serve. The new guidelines provide detailed explanations of the consequences of social media use during a trial, along with recommendations for repeated reminders of the ban on social media usage.

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