Courts Atwitter With Juror Social Media Use

Law360, New York (September 24, 2012, 1:12 PM EDT) -- With the ubiquity of social media and mobile devices, how do you prevent jurors from improperly using social media during trial? For many judges, the answer is simple: You admonish them early and often.

The Judicial Conference Committee on Court Administration and Case Management has updated its model jury instructions on the improper use of social media. While the previous instructions were to be provided to jurors before trial and again just prior to deliberations, the revised instructions are also to be provided “at the end...
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