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The Disconnected Juror: Smart Devices And Juries In The Digital Age Of Litigation, Patrick C. Brayer Jan 2016

The Disconnected Juror: Smart Devices And Juries In The Digital Age Of Litigation, Patrick C. Brayer

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As we progress toward a post-digital age of individuals becoming one with technology, the legal profession will encounter an increasing number of jurors who have never known life without the Internet, social media or mobile devices. At the same time an increasing number of citizens are becoming dependent on digital technology, state supreme courts, state trial judges, and federal judges from across the nation are banning and confiscating cell phones, tablets, and other devices of connection to prevent jurors from engaging in misconduct. This article illuminates the unintended consequences that arise when courts remove from a sitting juror an individual …