social media creates problems for the courts

Web-savvy jurors create new problem for courts
— Houston Chronicle2

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Simultaneously, as Americans use social media to provide a now-ubiquitous “what are you doing?” running daily dialogue via Facebook and Twitter, a stint on jury duty is proving irresistible fodder. Never mind that our justice system hinges on a sacred premise that jurors start a case with an unprejudiced, blank slate and promise to consider only the information and evidence presented in trial.

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In Arkansas, a juror used his cell phone to post Twitter updates during the trial. When revealed, he couldn’t understand what the fuss was about.

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Would you Tweet during jury duty? Before I read this, I think I might have.

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