Lawyers scour Facebook for dirt on jurors

The application that makes worlds collide is being used by American lawyers to help them vet jurors in trial, according to a a rather interesting article in the august, sorry February Wall Street Journal.

According to this tale, the lawyers look at people’s Facebook entries to see if they can detect biases and preferences – an Oregon District Attorney, said the paper, wanted a murderer judicially executed, so carefully selected a jury that he thought would impose the death penalty.

The jury imposed the death penalty.

The article also says that Defacebook is a rich mine of information for divorce lawyers, seeking dirt on people. Some foolish people, it appears, post all sorts of information about themselves and others they know.

One DA in Texas apparently doled out iPads to his team of lawyers so they could investigate people online during the delicate process of jury selection.

We smurfed the web to see if we could discover any dirt on our esteemed editor,  Mike Magee.  The guy is obviously off his trolley and should never be called for jury service – he’s such a successful soccer player that he’d probably dribble all the way through any kind of trial while muttering obscure mantras and burbling on about Kenneth Grant. [Who he? Ed.]