Friday, August 24, 2012

Judicial Conference Committee Rolls Out New Model Rules Relating to Jurors Use of Social Media

The Judicial Conference Committee has rolled out new model rules concerning jurors' use of social media during trial. There have been numerous instances over the past few years of jurors posting comments on Facebook, Twitter and other social media. This is highly inappropriate conduct which several states have already addressed, including in Massachusetts and Arkansas (the latter wherein the Arkansas high court overturned a murder conviction due to inappropriate conduct by a juror who was tweeting about the case throughout the trial). These new model rules are long overdue.


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