Social Media and Jury Trials: Where Do We Stand?
In this New York Law Journal article, Robert B. Gibson and Jesse D. Capell of Heidell, Pittoni, Murphy & Bach, address the issues and ethics surrounding attorneys’ use of publically available social media to conduct research on jurors. While the authors note that it is no longer controversial to conduct such research during voir dire, they discuss the less settled issues of using semi-private social media sites such as LinkedIn for juror research and how much monitoring attorneys can undertake after the trial commences. The information provided by the authors highlights the evolving nature of attorney ethics in these areas and the requirement for attorneys working in this area to understand the technology they are utilizing to conduct social media research.
Read the full New York Law Journal article here.