Is your social media life protected from the court system?

Social media and the courtroom

A person's Facebook posts or tweets have been used in trials by both sides of the legal system since the days of  MySpace, but there's one place that is supposed to be status free.

When it comes to jurors, local attorneys say it's a constant battle to limit outside influences in a social world.

It's been several years since California took legal steps to try and eliminate social media from the jury pool.

A Herculean task given to role technology plays in people's lives.

Attorney Scott Spielman said that the, "younger generation is always on the phone texting, or on Facebook."

But putting a clamp on those daily, or hourly updates can be difficult when it comes to serving on a jury.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys admit that tweets and postings by suspects, victims and even witnesses can be used in trial.

But jurors are not allowed to use social media.

Superior court judges go through a long-list of instructions with jurors before, during and after a jury is selected.

The list includes not just texting and status updates, but researching outside information not presented at trial. And that could result in a juror being charged with contempt.

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