Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Federal Judicial Center reports that the extent of social media profiling employed during voir dire is unknown

According to “Jurors’ and Attorneys’ Use of Social Media During Voir Dire, Trials, and Deliberations,” A Report to the Judicial Conference Committee on Court Administration and Case Management prepared by Meghan Dunn, Research Associate, Federal Judicial Center and released May 1, 2014:

 “Attorneys’ use of social media to research prospective jurors during voir dire is difficult to both detect and quantify; most judges do not know whether attorneys are accessing potential jurors’ social media profiles during voir dire, and most do not address the issue with attorneys.”

To access the entire report, and to see how infrequently judges report juror misuse of social media during trials, click here

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