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Use social networking sites to vet your clients, defendants, potential employees and potential jurors

By | April 28, 2009

We are now using MySpace, Facebook, Google, 123people, zoominfo, and other similar sites to vet our own clients and defendants.  The first thing we do when we sign up a new client is review their social networking sites.  We of course tell them we are doing this and in fact, do it in front of them.  We have had defense attorneys bring in printed out pages from MySpace to use in our client’s depositions.  Clients do not realize or fully comprehend that these sites are open to the public and that what they say definitely can be used against them.  In fact, these sites can be used against them forever.  Teenagers and college kids post all kinds of inappropriate stuff; never thinking about that one day an employer will check these sites out to see what kind of person they are hiring.  I came across an article in the site www.law.com talking about using these sites to even vet potential jurors.  I found the article fascinating.  I have never done this before, but for the right trial, it would be very easy.  We always pick up the juror questionnaires before the trial begins, so all of the vetting can be done from your home or office.  The article can be read here.

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