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Sunday, March 07, 2010

Courts finally catching up to texting jurors

Source: Associated Press

Courts finally catching up to texting jurors
By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press Writer Paul Elias, Associated Press Writer – Sat Mar 6, 11:29 am ET

SAN FRANCISCO – 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.

Last year a San Francisco Superior Court judge dismissed 600 potential jurors after several acknowledged going online to research the criminal case before them.

Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon challenged her misdemeanor embezzlement conviction after discovering five jurors "friended" one another on Facebook during the trial.

And a federal judge in Florida declared a mistrial after eight jurors admitted Web surfing about a drug case. LinkHere


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