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feature Online Research of Potential Jurors A Survey of Resources and Ethical Boundaries BY MATT WETHERINGTON1 O nline research of potential jurors can be a powerful tool for screening jurors and ensuring that your client receives a fair trial. Historically, juror research has been reserved for wealthy parties, powerful prosecutors, and “high stakes” litigation. The rise of the Internet and social media has greatly leveled the playing field as any attorney with an Internet connection can now perform comprehensive research on potential jurors. Over the last decade, social media websites have grown at an astonishing pace. As of December 2012, 67 percent of online adults use at least one social networking website.2 Users of social media websites maintain data-rich “profiles” where the vast majority of information posted is self-published and highly reliable. Many social media accounts offer a unique view into the personal and social life of the user. These accounts consist of personal views and opinions on a variety of topics ranging from politics, religion, family values, and the latest episode of Breaking Bad. 16 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Verdict - Summer 2013

President’s Message
A Primer on Birth Injury Cases and How to Keep Them “Simple” for the Jury
Online Research of Potential Jurors: A Survey of Resources and Ethical Boundaries
Jury Selection and The Millennials
Confessions of a Trial Lawyer Geek: Great iPad Apps for Trial
GTLA Out & About
Ten Ways to Protect Clients Through Workers’ Compensation Settlements
A Letter from Your Listserv Committee
Case Updates: What’s New?
Workers’ Comp: Recent Developments
Champion Members
Welcome New GTLA Members!
Court Reporters Marketplace
Notes: What’s New with GTLA Members

Verdict - Summer 2013