Lawyers Can Peek At Jurors' Facebook Profiles, ABA Says

Law360, Houston (April 24, 2014, 4:24 PM EDT) -- The American Bar Association said Thursday that attorneys can review information that jurors make publicly available on social media websites without violating ethics rules, as long as they refrain from sending direct communications or attempting to access private data.

In a formal written opinion, the ABA's Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility concluded that an attorney's "passive review" of information posted publicly to sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter does not run afoul of provisions of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct that restrict communications...
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