Stay Off Social Media, Federal Courts Warn Jurors

Law360, Los Angeles (August 24, 2012, 3:41 PM EDT) -- The federal Judicial Conference Committee on Tuesday released revised model jury instructions that warn jurors not to use the Internet or social media to research or discuss a case until after a verdict is rendered.

"You may not communicate with anyone about the case on your cellphone, through email, BlackBerry, iPhone, text messaging, or on Twitter, through any blog or website, including Facebook, Google+, MySpace, LinkedIn or YouTube," judges would warn jurors under the proposed instructions. "I expect you will inform me as soon as you...
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