Miami Criminal Defense Attorney on Technology in the Court Room

March 18, 2009 by David S. Seltzer

The New York Times reported today that there have been an influx of mistrials and misguided verdicts relating to juror's disregard for the law and the American system of justice as jurors are turning to the WWW for information. As a Miami Cyber Crime Defense Lawyer, I am not really sure how I feel about this. Our society is now controlled by technology, and dependent on it for our everyday lives. Is it fair to now ask people to go backwards as technology continues to move us forwards?

As a Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense Attorney, I understand the ramifications of individuals tainting their perspective on a case with outside information. However, the real question at this point is how do we as a judiciary going to deal with it? This problem is not going to go away, and both sides always want a fair trial, but with technology in our face 24/7, is every jury from here on out going to require sequestration?

Looking at this matter on anther level, a recent NBA player was admonished for Twittering during the halftime of a recent game.

This article from the New York Times is simply the beginning of this debate. Stay tuned...