Friday, September 23, 2011

Jurors' Pledge: "I solemnly swear not to do research on the internet...": Judge considers exacting written pledge

The NY Times reported on September 18 that Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin is considering asking jurors to sign a written pledge that they would not do any research on the Internet during the trial.   (then search "juror pledge")

Prof. Stephen Gillers of NYU Law School was quoted as stating,"Judge Scheindlin apparently believes that the affirmative act of actually signing a specific pledge may more dramatically impress jurors with their duty and increase the likelihood of obedience.  I think she's correct.  It can help and certainly can't hurt."

I have read elsewhere that such admonitions may encourage some jurors to seek out the "forbidden fruit."
It's a tough call.

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