How social media impacts jury selection
SANFORD, Fla. – How jurors get their news continues to be in focus as a jury is selected for the George Zimmerman trial.
Some answers they give you would expect, like local television news, newspaper, or talk radio.
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But in this modern era, social media is becoming just as important.
Take for example this exchange between state prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda and B55, a college student majoring in business.
de la Rionda: "Specifically Facebook, are kids do Facebook I don't, but how do you, you just go on Facebook like the news aspect of it?"
B55: "Yeah, yeah like the news feed."
de la Rionda: "Okay and so you would have gotten some kind of information about the case at that time?"
"Nowadays, news comes into you whether you like it or not," said Mary Anne Franks, a professor at the University of Miami.
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Franks said that can be an issue if the judge decides to sequester the jury.
"There are so many things that could go wrong here, I think , so even in the best possible circumstances this would be a difficult trial, but given the nature of social media and how easy it is for people to, I guess, let the rest of the world know the things that maybe they shouldn't be doing, I am really anxious to see what kind of instructions the judge is going to give them," said Franks.
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