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Jurors: Have you commented on a blog?

In Social Media, Technology Issues and the Law on November 2010 at 9:24 am

One of the questions asked to the jury pool in Washington asked: “Have you ever written a letter-to-the-editor or ‘blog’ about any story you may have read or heard about relating to violent crime?”

While juror questionnaires are different in every trial, the question shows that simply commenting on a blog is now something that one has to keep track of – and it has an affect on jury status.  The attorney on that particular case noted that the “blogging” question could help reveal whether potential jurors have pre-formed opinions about the case, the defendant, or violent crime in general.  If a possible juror admits to having commented on a news story a violent crime, it raises a red flag for an attorney and allows them to probe more.

Attorneys said they were looking for fair and impartial jurors – not the type that would pass judgment based simply on a news story without listening to any of the evidence.

So start memorizing when and what you comment on, because remember, jury questions are answered under oath.

by: Benish Shah, Esq. & Sheheryar Sardar, Esq., Sardar Law Firm LLC

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