By John DiMotto
As I am about to begin another work week - and I DO enjoy my work - I checked my Twitter account to see if there were any new posts on the issue of jurors and the internet. "Jury Talk" provided a link to an article on possible misconduct during the public corruption trial of the Baltimore Mayor, Sheila Dixon. This is an example of why it is imperative that a judge spend extra time during voir dire to impress upon jurors that they cannot in any manner shape or form even go on facebook, My Space or Twitter or its equivalent while serving on a case. The risks are too high for the case and the jurors. In a recent jury, I did just that and it made a big impression on the jurors. Yes, it takes a couple of more minutes during voir dire but it will save hours of Motion after Verdict time and possibly a second trial. My advice to my colleagues - spend the time upfront so you don't spend hours and hours on the back end trying to deal with a mess.