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posted Jun 19, 2013 - 4:56:56pm
Facebook has played a major role in jury selection for George Zimmerman's trial, and in the case itself.
Lawyers can use the pervasive social-networking website to their advantage, because Facebook posts by potential jurors can reveal their prejudices.
On the other hand, it's harder for lawyers to determine whether the buzz on Facebook might have tainted potential jurors who didn't betray themselves by posting any opinions.
There is also concern that people involved in the trial might share details on Facebook, as several already did by posting the news that they had received jury summonses.
During the voir dire June 10-17, which was devoted to finding out about the jury pool's exposure to news about the case, each potential juror was asked whether he or she used Facebook, or received or posted information on the site about the February 2012 death of Trayvon Martin or the case against Zimmerman, who is charged with second-degree murder in Martin's shooting.
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