Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Model jury instructions now prohibit jurors from using social media during a trial

According to the Law Librarian Blog, "the Judicial Conference has drafted new model jury instructions in which a laundry-list of social networks are added to the restrictions on juror communication:"

You may not communicate with anyone about the case on your cell phone, through e-mail, Blackberry, iPhone, text messaging, or on Twitter, through any blog or website, through any internet chat room, or by way of any other social networking websites, including Facebook, My Space, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

Read further commentary here regarding why the revised instructions should also include an explanation to jurors about why they aren't being allowed to use social media during trial. 

I am the scholarship dude.

(jbl)

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