Prosecutors and defense attorneys for Conrad Murray have turned to social media to screen potential jurors.
They are screening more than one hundred and forty-five potential jurors by checking public posts on Facebook, Twitter, blogs and website comments in search of insight into the men and women that will decide Murray’s innocence or guilt.
“Social media is a big part of our lives, for all of us, so it’s not surprising that it’s also a big part of jury trials now,” said Karen Hurwitz, a veteran legal consultant. Social media checks are becoming commonplace in courtrooms across the country. “Some people really object to it,” she said. “They feel like they’re being investigated. On the Internet, the reality is much of this information is public.”