Monday, December 14, 2009

Jurors’ Wikipedia Research, Friending at Issue in Two Maryland Cases

Two court developments in Maryland last week highlight the growing problems caused by jurors’ online access during criminal trials.

In one case, a Maryland appeals court overturned a murder conviction because jurors had apparently consulted Wikipedia for explanations of scientific terms, the Baltimore Sun reports. In another, lawyers for Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon sought a new trial in part because five jurors had become Facebook friends during the trial.

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