Jeff sends over the news that Barry Bonds' lawyer is asking the court to tell jurors involved in Bonds' perjury case, that they should not use communications technology to mention the case to anyone
, and that the following instructions should be read to the jury before the case begins and
at the end of each day:
"you must not communicate with anyone about the case by any other means, direct or indirect, such as: a writing, the telephone, e-mail, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, instant messaging, Blackberry messaging, I-Phones, I-Touches, Google, Yahoo, any internet search engine or any other form of electronic communication for any purpose whatsoever."
This is not quite as bad as the headline at the linked article suggests, where they claim that Bonds' lawyers want jurors to stay off the internet. It appears they're free to use the internet, so long as they don't mention the case. Of course, you're already limited in what you can talk about concerning any case you're on, so it's not clear that this request is really all that extreme. However, it is interesting to see how lawyers are becoming increasingly more specific about how they want jurors to be instructed when it comes to using communications technologies during the course of a case.