Thursday, July 02, 2009

No Tweet Justice in Michigan

Message to COL Dixon, don't re-invent the wheel for the Benchbook, Michigan just issued a rule banning Tweet Justice. Here is a portion of Michigan Supreme Court Rule 2.511 issued Wednesday:

(2) The court shall instruct the jurors that until their jury service is concluded, they shall not: . . .
(d) use a computer, cellular phone, or other electronic device with communication capabilities, or any other method, to obtain or disclose information about the case when they are not in court. As used in this subsection, information about the case includes, but is not limited to, the following:
(i) information about a party, witness, attorney, or court officer;
(ii) news accounts of the case;
(iii) information collected through juror research on any topics raised or testimony offered by any witness;
(iv) information collected through juror research on any other topic the juror might think would be helpful in deciding the case.

h/t to NLJ

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