Medical Malpractice Jurors: Can Maryland Lawyers Use New Technologies?

As the Internet is cluttered with personal information, there is increasing talk in legal journals about using blogs, Facebook, MySpace, and other social networking Web sites, to learn more about potential jurors. The Internet provides such a rich resource of information about potential and even already seated jurors.

The problem in Maryland medical malpractice lawyers using this kind of resource is that it is very difficult logistically. Once the jury walks into the room, your computer is facing the jurors. There really is no time under Maryland’s quick voir dire selection to pass the juror’s information along. Once a jury is already seated, I think it is really hard to find information about that juror to tailor your opening or closing statements around a particular juror.