- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 17, 2009

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Dozens of jurors each day are sending Twitter messages from courthouses across the country about their service.

Experts said Tuesday that most messages posted to the social networking site are innocuous, perhaps expressing boredom.

But at least a few jurors have gone online to discuss cases they are helping decide.

In Philadelphia this week, a juror in a high-profile public corruption case told Facebook friends to “Stay tuned for a big announcement on Monday” _ forecasting that a verdict was near.

The juror, Eric Wuest (WEEST’), compares the sites to journals where he posts his private thoughts.

But some lawyers think jury instructions should be updated to clarify that online communications about a case are also prohibited.



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