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Criminal Juries in the 21st CenturyPsychological Science and the Law$
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Cynthia Najdowski and Margaret Stevenson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190658113

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190658113.001.0001

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Pre- and Midtrial Publicity in the Age of Internet and Social Media

Pre- and Midtrial Publicity in the Age of Internet and Social Media

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(p.155) 8 Pre- and Midtrial Publicity in the Age of Internet and Social Media
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Criminal Juries in the 21st Century
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Tarika Daftary-Kapur

Steven D. Penrod

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190658113.003.0008

Although juror misconduct has always been a concern, the prevalence of technology available to jurors has increased the ease with which jurors can improperly communicate with others, publish information regarding the trial, and conduct outside research on the case. This chapter discusses the role of the Internet and social media in the courtroom and how access to this information in the form of midtrial publicity might impact juror decision-making. Additionally, it discusses steps that have been taken by courts around the United States to address the issue of Internet use by jurors as well as recommendations to limit the impact of the Internet and social media on juror decision-making.

Keywords:   jury decision-making, social media, Internet, juries, jury misconduct

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