Lawyers have an obligation to inform the court of evidence of jury bias discovered through social media

, The Legal Intelligencer


I am an attorney who is about to begin a jury trial. I have obtained a list of all of the jurors and have gone on social media to learn about some of these jurors. I see information that would show that some jurors are extremely biased one way or the other. Do I have an ethical duty to advise the court if the jurors don't state the bias they are showing in social media when they are questioned?

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  • T.I.D. King

    "This duty really goes to the whole essence of professionalism. Lawyers are professionals and the integrity of the court system is at issue." Criminals occupy every walk of life and every profession. Why would anyone expect lawyers to be more honest and fair, and less criminally inclined, than the population at large?

    "Therefore, good and zealous lawyering does not allow a wink and a nod for a client to destroy material or to hide it. It is prohibited. A lawyer who does that risks not only a suspension, but potentially a disbarment." Yet, what mechanism is available to ensure compliance? Relying upon the good, professional character of lawyers is sufficient to protect the integrity of the judiciary?

    As long as self-regulation remains the foundation for a judicial system, sand will do.

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