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June 21, 2010

Courts adapting to technology

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by Jacob Lammers, News Herald

In May, the Ohio State Bar Association issued new jury instructions to directly address modern technology and social media. Jury instructions used to only tell jurors to stay away from newspapers and television and radio broadcasts, Lake County Common Pleas Court Judge Vincent Culotta said. Now, there’s Google, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter. Plus, new technology, like iPhones, Blackberries and other smart phones allow users to access the Internet instantly. “The standard admonition — don’t talk to anyone about this case, don’t let anyone talk about this case with you — that’s the standard,” Culotta said. “The definition of talk has changed. Talk now includes blogging, putting on (your) Facebook account, text messaging, e-mailing.

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