So­cial me­dia a fac­tor in jury se­lec­tion process

The Standard Journal - - State/ National News -

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Some Ge­or­gia lawyers say the so­cial me­dia pres­ences of po­ten­tial jurors may fac­tor into the jury se­lec­tion process.

The Amer­i­can Bar As­so­ci­a­tion has said it’s eth­i­cal for lawyers to scan pub­licly avail­able so­cial me­dia ac­counts for in­for­ma­tion on po­ten­tial jurors.

Gainesville at­tor­ney John Break­field tells the Times of Gainesville that var­i­ous so­cial me­dia plat­forms are the pub­lic record of mod­ern times — un­less cer­tain pri­vacy set­tings are in place.

At­tor­ney Jef­fery Tal­ley says in­for­ma­tion from po­ten­tial jurors’ so­cial me­dia ac­counts can be es­pe­cially help­ful when se­lect­ing a panel to hear a case that has been in the news. Tal­ley says prospec­tive jurors likely ex­press feel­ings about those cases on­line that could re­veal po­ten­tial bi­ases.

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