The Impact of Social Media on Jury Trials

Recently, a judge in northern California ordered a juror to turn over posts he made to his Facebook site during the criminal trial of alleged gang members.  The defense alleged the juror engaged in unlawful communications during the trial.  This is but one example of cases where jurors were using the internet to augment the evidence in trial.  One recent example of this took place in Torrance Court when a juror in a criminal case used his iPhone to get a definition of a word used in the trial.  Judges are faced with making orders to the jury not to use their electronic devices at all during trials.  What impact this has on the fairness of a trial, particularly criminal trials, remains to be seen.

About thetorranceattorney

Matthew Ruff is a Torrance criminal defense attorney located near the 405 freeway on Crenshaw Blvd. Focusing on DUI and serious criminal cases for over twenty years. In addition to criminal cases, Matthew also defends clients at the DMV.
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