Modern Information and Research Realities Cause Problems at Trial

The ubiquitous nature of information has become both a blessing and curse. Easy to access general information about a medical condition, or finding the address of a restaurant in an unfamiliar city, has revolutionized our world. It has also changed our expectations and our appetite for seeking information. This new reality has surfaced in the jury box at several recent trials, and the results can ruin a lawyer’s day. For the full story, click here.

What will the trials of the future look like? Will jurors be required to surrender their iPhones, laptops and Blackberry’s? How will the pervasive nature of information affect motions for a  change of venue? Learning about a sensational (or not so sensational) trial in another state is easy these days. Will “surfing the web” be added to the restrictions placed on a juror, in addition to no TV or newspapers?  Seems like a tall order in this day and age.

I’m not sure where this is going, but it seems like a consequence of living in an information age.


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