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August 23, 2012


Paul Jones

The instructions are straight forward and reasonable. Jurors are just as addicted to their smart phones as the lawyers who are conducting the trials. The fact that the model instructions consist of less than two pagers is a definite plus. In my experience any time the jurors are not sitting on their case they are busily engaged with their phones. Most of the time, their usage of their phones has nothing to do with the case they are sitting on. Yet, how can you determine if a juror is not following the model rules? No attorney wants to violate a juror’s perceived rights to privacy to peer into their social media pages. Getting caught with nothing to show for it could prove very embarrassing for legal counsel.

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