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Juries and Technology

These days it’s almost impossible to imagine the legal profession without technology.  At the very least, doing research without Lexis or Westlaw, or even just Google seems a thing of the past.  Technology is moving more than just the lawyer side of things along, though.  A recent New York Times article talks about the problem of jurors doing their own research, and updating their blog and twitter entries with case information. 

For hundreds of years juries have been, or at least are supposed to be, closed to the outside world.  But, as the article points out, most jurors think that they are helping when they do some research of their own.  Is juror research a bad thing?  If so, how can we stop it?  Thoughts?

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