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Googling Jurors--Skeel

A couple of weeks ago, a friend showed me this article on jurors doing their own research during the breaks from a trial.  Given how quickly most of us go to the Internet to research our latest health concerns, it's not much surprise jurors are doing the same.  In both contexts, the results may be frightening.  Although it shouldn't be condoned-- think of all those wildly mistaken health diagnoses, not to mention jurors' promise to rely only on information presented at the trial--jurors' moonlighting could have a small silver lining.  Perhaps the risk that some jurors may look elsewhere for clarification of confusing aspects of a trial will encourage lawyers and judges to be as clear and as complete as possible within the four walls of the courtroom.

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"Perhaps the risk that some jurors may look elsewhere for clarification of confusing aspects of a trial will encourage lawyers and judges to be as clear and as complete as possible within the four walls of the courtroom."

Except that when you google the name of the client, product, etc., at issue in the case, the first few results are often ads from plaintiffs firms.

Actually, the two examples are very different. Everyone should google their health, it doesn't entail losing respect for your doctor but simply acknowledging their human frailty.