best casino bonuses australian online casino au dollars trusted online gambling internet casino download old information online us casinos las vegas best online casino craps flash casino games mac play online vegas

Get Our Newsletter


[quads id=4]

Links

Columnists



Site Search


Entire (RSS)
Comments (RSS)

Archive Calendar

January 2010
S M T W T F S
« Dec   Feb »
 12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31  

Guides

How to Become a Bounty Hunter


[quads id=3]

Social Networking and the Courts: One of the Curses of the Internet

The Internet has been a blessing and a curse for the justice system. This is one of the curses.

facebook-logo

By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer

WASHINGTON — Al Schuler, one of 12 jurors weighing the fate of a 23-year-old charged with killing a homeless man in Maryland, was confused by the word “lividity” and what role it might have played in explaining the circumstances of the victim’s beating death.

So, one night after deliberations, the retired engineer did what so many people do in the digital age: He looked up the definition on Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia. “It was just a definition, like going to the dictionary,” Schuler said. “It was very innocent.”

A Maryland appeals court didn’t think so. In throwing out the defendant’s first-degree murder conviction and ordering a new trial, the court ruled that Schuler’s inquiry violated an Anne Arundel County judge’s order prohibiting jurors from researching the case.

Schuler’s query is just the latest example of how modern technology and an information-saturated culture are testing centuries-old notions of how juries and judges mete out justice. The issue garnered national attention recently in Baltimore, where five jurors were accused of using a social-networking site to inappropriately discuss the ongoing trial of the city’s mayor.

For Full Story

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST


Print This Post Print This Post

Write a comment

You need to login to post comments!

Pingback from Social Networking and the Courts: One of the Curses of the … | New Web 2.0 Magazine
Time January 11, 2010 at 4:01 am

[…] inappropriately discuss the ongoing trial of the city’s mayor. … See original here:  Social Networking and the Courts: One of the Curses of the … AKPC_IDS += "14330,";Popularity: unranked […]

Pingback from Social Networking and the Courts: One of the Curses of the … | Drakz Free Online Service
Time January 11, 2010 at 9:24 am

[…] reading here: Social Networking and the Courts: One of the Curses of the … Share and […]

Write a comment

You need to login to post comments!

[quads id=1]