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Thursday, August 23, 2012
Model Jury Instructions on Social Media Approved
The Tex Parte Blog has recently reported that the Judicial Conference Committee on Court Administration and Case Management has approved model jury instructions aimed at curtailing jurors from posting their opinions regarding a case on social networking sites. The instructions are broad in that they ban jurors from commenting on a case on their "cell phone (s), text messaging, or on Twitter, through any blog or website, including Facebook, Google+, My Space, LinkedIn, or YouTube." The article reports that the model instructions were approved based on a national survey of federal judges originally requested by the committee. I will follow up with any further developments.