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ABA: Attorneys Can Scan Social Sites of Potential Jurors

By WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.-The American Bar Association has given the green light to attorneys to scan social media sites of potential jurors.

The bar association said it is ethical for lawyers to look online to get the sense of people who are called for jury duty.

Local attorney Randy Camp said it could give attorneys new avenues to better select juries. Overall, he said he sees more bad than good.

"I am concerned about how far lawyers and third parties will go to push to try and set someone to get on a social media account to make them say certain things," said Camp.

The American Bar Association warned lawyers against actively "following" or "friending" jurors or doing anything that would be considered invading their private internet space.