Thursday, November 15, 2007

Blogging Jurors

Anne Reed (lawyer, trial consultant, and the author of the Deliberations blog) was interviewed last week on a Milwaukee radio program. The three-minute piece about jurors who blog is very interesting.

Reed says that a lot of trial attorneys are oblivious to how many of their potential jurors are online, and so they make mistakes and miss opportunities. For instance, judges routinely instruct jurors not to talk about the case or read the newspaper, but the jurors don't hear that as meaning they shouldn't blog about it or read the online sources they usually do; Reed recommends that the cautions be explicit. She also recommends that lawyers ask jurors if they have blogs, MySpace pages, Flickr pages, etc. -- and if so, how the lawyer could find them. You can learn a lot about people!

She also talked a little about a recent California appellate case that threw out a jury's verdict. A juror blogged that he had said his profession was "project manager" because that sounded better than "lawyer" and he wanted to be on the jury -- and then he boasted online that he had steered the jury too its verdict. Reed wrote about that case (People v. McNeely) here (June 19, 2007) and here (June 21, 2007).

Along the same themes as the radio interview, see Reed's posts: Jurors And Social Networking? So What?, Deliberations, Nov. 1, 2007; Jurors Who Read Blogs, Deliberations, June 27, 2007; Blogging Jurors, Part III: The Good, June 22, 2007.

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