February 22, 2018

Has the social media replaced the jury?

Has the jury system become a relic of pre-modern courts? Or has social media (Twitter, Facebook, Google+) replaced the jury system as a community of informed individuals weighing the scales of social justice and rendering important (though non-binding) “verdicts”? In many regards, the modern “social media jury” is a lot more like the jury of […]

When Jury met Google…

Image via CrunchBase GOOGLE + JURIES = PROBLEMS? Under the constitution, an “impartial jury” is guaranteed in criminal trials. However, with the advent of the internet, Google, and online social media, impartiality is becoming more questionable, and jurors are taking over their role as fact finders out of the court room and directly to online […]

Social media technology meets jury duty

In a high-profile criminal case in Maryland, lawyers for Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon are appealing the conviction of their client because almost half the jurors, in contravention of the judges orders not to communicate during the trial, “friended” each other on Facebook.  In another criminal case, the Maryland court of appeals overturned a first degree […]