American Bar Association: Lawyers can scour jurors' social media sites

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Updated: 6/22/2014 9:39 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lawyers have been given the green light to scan the social media sites of jurors.

The American Bar Association says it's ethical for lawyers to scour online for publicly available musings of citizens called for jury service — and even jurors in deliberations.

But the ABA does warn lawyers against actively "following" or "friending" jurors or otherwise invading their private Internet areas.

The "formal opinion" was issued in April and will serve as an ethical guideline for the nation's lawyers. The ABA's ethics committee began reviewing the issue about two years ago and concluded that looking at Facebook posts, Twitter tweets and other information gathered passively is ethical research.

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sierra11 - 6/22/2014 5:16 PM
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I'm offended, I don't think I will be chosen for a jury now! I have definitely voiced my strong opinions on This Site! All thought I use a Fictitious name "they" know who I am, my chances for jury selection now are null!

sierra11 - 6/22/2014 4:01 PM
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Well there goes the 6th Amendment! So much for a "impartial jury"! (not that I'm planning on standing in front of one anytime soon).

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