Jury Can't Google
from the can't-touch-the-internet dept
Apparently a rape conviction has been overturned and a retrial ordered after a member of the jury used the internet to research the crime of rape. That juror apparently printed out the documents and brought them into the jury room as well. This gets increasingly tricky in an information age, when doing additional research has become like second nature to many people. For some people, it’s probably almost impossible not to call up Google and do some extra research if they’re asked to make a difficult decision, such as deciding someone’s fate as a juror. The problem, of course, is that the defendant’s lawyers have no chance to see what the jurors are reading or to rebut the claims they make. However, in an age where Google seems like an extension of the brain for many people, this sort of issue is going to come up more and more often.