MySpace: The New Frontier in Jury Selection?

"My Space and Voir Dire"

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Most trial attorneys are well aware that panel members often do not provide the most complete or accurate pictures of their case-relevant attitudes and life experiences during voir dire. This may simply be the byproduct of shyness or practical matters such as time constraints imposed by the court, but could also be the result of a direct attempt by the venire member to conceal or distort some unfavorable attitude or affiliation. As such, attorneys and trial consultants have consistently sought other means to learn about jurors beyond questionnaires and voir dire. One such method involves internet searches on the venire. In today’s web-based society, many people have accounts on popular social networking sites such as MySpace or Facebook.