Juries Told To Stop Tweeting Case Information

February 10, 2010

US (ChattahBox) – Judges are now beginning to tell jurors not to discuss the cases they are on in any way, which includes newer form of technology, such as social networking and texting.

Jurors have been seen Twittering the details of some cases while in the courtroom, prompting the matter to be addressed directly.

“You may not communicate with anyone about the case on your cellphone, through e-mail, Blackberry, iPhone, text messaging, or on Twitter, through any blog or website, through any internet chat room, or by way of any other social networking websites, including Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and YouTube,” the officially updated jury instructions now state for all federal cases.

They have also been told not to do any research online about the case, as such searches would lead to a mistrial.



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