Friending and Following Jurors: The Ethical Boundaries of Researching Jurors on Social Media

This JDSupra article by John Dollarhide of Butler Snow LLP discusses the ethical boundaries associated with utilizing the internet to obtain background on potential jurors before trial and jurors during trials. The author addresses the ABA Opinion precluding attorneys from sending an “access request” to a person’s social media account to obtain private information and the rules of engagement surrounding the use of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to research jurors. The author also covers the unique challenges posed by LinkedIn and suggests best practices for its use. The article concludes with a reminder that rules that prohibit an attorney from specific conduct also prohibit the attorney’s paralegal or secretary from engaging in same prohibited activity.

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