As long as the Internet has now been with us – a lifetime for all practical purposes for my law students today – everyone was caught flatfooted by the social media boom. (We were all foolish not to think of it sooner – we would be rich.) Like other jurisdictions, Maryland courts are looking at controlling the ramifications of Internet usage and social media interactions of jurors.
This is a draft of a new proposed Maryland Rule that will be on the agenda at the next Rules Committee meeting on October 2, 2009 in Annapolis.
- Cell phone usage in Maryland courtrooms (current list of where you can bring your cell phone into court in Maryland)
- United States District Court for Southern District of California (cell phone rules)
- Mistrial for juror tweets
- Follow the Maryland Injury Lawyer Blog on Twitter