"Jury duty is bad enough, but imagine not being able to check your phone or e-mail to help relieve the boredom. That’s the new rule in Michigan, where trial judges are now required to order jurors not to use phones or other electronic devices while in trial or in deliberations. Telling your Twitter followers you are stuck at the courthouse is not likely to tip the scales of Lady Justice, but Googling for background info on a case is the legal equivalent of ripping off her blindfold. "
"Accused by defense attorneys of violating a judge’s order, five members of the jury that convicted Dixon of misdemeanor embezzlement have been called to appear at a motions hearing Jan. 6, in which the mayor will seek a new trial. Dixon’s attorneys have accused jurors Nos. 3, 6, 8, 11 and 12 of becoming friends on Facebook, a social networking site, and sending messages to each other there, in violation of Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Dennis Sweeney’s order not to discuss the case."
"recent cases in which jurors have caused a stir by using social media such as Twitter to communicate about their jury service. Taking the issue on proactively, the Michigan Supreme Court has adopted a new rule requiring judges to admonish jurors to not use electronic communication devices during trial, and not to use them during breaks to comment or conduct research on the case. "
Apparently sending Tweets during a trial is considered “broadcasting” and the Court can ban it according to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure #53. From United States v. Shelnutt (M.D. Ga. Nov. 2) (H/T Volokh),"
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