It’s like profiling.
If you are against capital punishment for murderers, you will probably never be asked to serve in a murder trial. Moreover, if you voice your belief that you need to have a gun in your home to protect your family in case of civil uprising or if a terrorist event takes place and you have a shelter where you keep 50 rounds of ammo and 20 rifles and a year supply of food and water, you may not likely be called to jury duty. That would definitely effect a lawyer’s decision about you if it involved a case about a shooting in a high school by a crazed student on a rampage.
There are possibly hundreds of variants that are specific criteria that lawyers look for in our social media network sites so it is strongly advisable to watch what you post on Facebook and Twitter and other sites like your own blog because the lawyers now are using what you post publicly as to weather or not you would make an ideal juror or totally unsuited for the case or cases they are working on in the court system.
It may be an invasion of privacy but the meaning behind private is moot because when a person is on line and posts links to favorite videos and tells everyone what they did this past weekend or what they watched on television or ate for breakfast and their settings for their posts are public, then all is fair game.
The Attorneys in a criminal case feel obligated to get the heads up before even considering you for the role as juror in a court of law. By the time you get your summons, they have already read much about you from your posts. So if you want your social media mentions not to hinder your being considered as a future juror and want to be able to participate as a juror you must be careful what you post because once it’s out there it’s essentially everywhere for everyone to read, and download and print and so on.
The age we live in is constantly undergoing change. You know how public opinion can either make or break a person’s reputation. Many famous actors and entertainers have been completely ruined by the court of public opinion. Everyone now has a digital phone with a camera for still as well as audio and video capability. Most of what you see on YouTube is posted using digital cameras the size of a wallet. People are out there left and right, taking pics of people without their knowledge and posting those videos and pics on social media sites and people are suing people all over the place for invasion of privacy. The line between public and private has become a very very thin line.
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