Lawyer Scour Social Networks for Jurors data

Lawyer Scour Social Networks for Jurors data


The Jurors were barred from using Social Media in regards to the case when they were chosen for the perjury trial of Barry Bonds this month. Lawyers can mine profiles of juniors in the social network to unearth a bias that may help or hurt their side because they don’t have such ban. Joseph Rice, the chief Executive officer of Jury research Institute in Alamo said that the major source for the defense attorney and the prosecutors are the Facebook, Twitter and other services which allows them to glean insight which can get from jury questionnaires. Rice also said that the Social Media has given incredible tools to us because jurors voluntarily engage in and they may post information about their affiliations, hobbies and activities. That posting may reveal their attitude or the experience in their life and that can create an impact on their view and can analyze how they face the facts of case. This practice can be used as a fact for the debate over the privacy on the social networking site and whether the posting in the internet should be used to reject someone from the academic program or job. There are more than 140 million messages posted by the members of the Twitter and there are more than 500 million users for Facebook. Thus it increases the chances for the lawyers to collect the data which can be used to screen people or to hone arguments.
David Wenner a partner at synder & Wenner in Phoenix said that any piece of information about the life of jurors can be used to determine who may be biased. Conviction can be overturned if the jurors are not truthful about their social networking connections. For example Amber Hyre a West Virginia juror who did not disclose that she was MySpace friend with the defendant that she is a police officer who is tired on criminal charges. A state appeals court throughout the conviction of the defendant and ordered a new trial after the relationship came to light. The defendant has requested to be the friend Hyre who lives in Gassaway before the trails and she also accepted it. She sent him a cheer not online because he posted a message that he was depressed. These messages are taken into trial for the case. There is more number of examples and incidents which shows the role of the social network in the judicial cases.

By: Teni Sow | Senior Editor at and Regular Contributor to

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