Beware Risks Of Using LinkedIn During Jury Selection

Law360, New York (September 5, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT) -- For a trial lawyer, jury selection is often the most crucial phase of any trial. Trials arguably can be won or lost before any evidence is heard and almost certainly influenced. Despite jury selection’s relative importance to the outcome, lawyers are often left with only sparse background information on juror questionnaires from which to probe potential cause challenges and to make strike decisions. As a result, decisions are largely made based upon experience and intuition.

The growth and prevalence of social media in recent years — including websites such as LinkedIn — has enabled lawyers and their jury consultants to make...

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