The Baltimore Sun is reporting that local judges are dealing with the problem of smart phone technology and social networking as it relates to keeping jurors insulated from news accounts and social media sites like Facebook.
Here's the deal, when you are selected for jury duty, your entire focus is supposed to be on the testimony and evidence, what the Judge allows you to hear and consider, not what you develop outside of the courtroom. That jurors are talking about the case among themselves and others is jury msiconduct. That smartphones and social networking sites facilitate this is a real problem. Sounds to me like Mayor Dixon is going to get a new trial.
For more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/anne-arundel/bal-md.ar.tmi13dec13,0,2858534.story