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Thou shalt not tweet

Bob Egelko reports in the SF Chron:

Jurors in California will soon be reminded not to conduct online research during the trial, and to resist the temptation to tweet their friends about how boring the testimony is or how guilty the defendant looks.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday requiring trial judges to tell jurors that existing bans on conducting their own research about the case, or talking to outsiders about it, applies to electronic and wireless communication. Violations by jury members will be punishable by up to six months in jail for criminal contempt.

AB141 by Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, D-Los Angeles, effective next year, was prompted by numerous reports around the country of jurors' using cell phones and other devices to sidestep judges' warnings against outside research or contacts.

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