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Courts Finally Catching Up On Texting Jurors

SAN FRANCISCO – (AP) Enough with the tweets, the blogs, the Internet searches. That's the message being communicated by courts across the country as jurors using their portable electronic devices continue to cause mistrials, overturned convictions and chaotic delays in court proceedings...

The 'Googling Juror' Has Emerged As 'Massive Concern' In Courts

By William A. Ruskin In an on-line article titled, " Rely on Instructions to Curb the Socially Networked Juror " (3/19/12), Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm writes that "the 'Googling Juror' has emerged as a massive concern in the courts with plenty of stories on the process being thrown...

William A. Ruskin: Lawyers' Use Of Internet To Influence Jurors

By William A. Ruskin In an earlier article, we discussed the danger posed to an impartial jury system by the " Googling Juror ." In his article titled " Lawyers' Use of Internet to Influence Jurors " (New York Law Journal, 6/12/12), Michael Hoenig cautions that "the danger...

Prosecution File Demonstrates Purposeful Discrimination

The United States Supreme Court, in a 7-1 decision in Foster v. Chatman, 2016 U.S. LEXIS 3486 , held that petitioner Timothy Foster demonstrated purposeful discrimination on the part of prosecutors during his 1987 capital murder trial. The State had used peremptory challenges to strike all qualified...