Judge Alsup’s Approach to Online Juror Research
It appears that Judge Alsup has revitalized the debate about online juror research. Apparently, Judge Alsup believes that if lawyers want to research jurors prior to trial they have to inform jurors of this fact. While I don’t necessarily agree with this approach, I do believe it has some benefits. First, it puts jurors on notice that they might be investigated online, which in turn allows jurors time to strengthen their social media privacy settings. This prior notice also encourages jurors to abide by the court’s rules regarding online research and communications. If jurors know that their online activity may be monitored, they might be more inclined to adhere to the judge’s instructions.