Summary – Assignment Example
Your Full Your 24 April Summary of Newspaper Article In this article, John Schwartz talks about the detrimental effects of readily available information on the internet on the justice system. He gives the example of a recent case in Florida where a juror admitted to using the internet to research about the case. What was even more shocking was the fact that eight other jurors, upon questioning from the judge, also admitted to doing so.
Schwartz points out that the availability of everything on the internet and the easy access thereto by new technology, such as Blackberries, have made this phenomenon quite commonplace all over America. He illustrates this by citing an Arkansas case, where one of the jurors sent messages on Twitter, a networking site, about his activities, the jurors not only gather information through the internet, but are also involved in sending out information.
As per the law, the jurors are not supposed to gather information from anywhere else other than the courtroom, and this practice contradicts that law. Not only does it defeat the purpose of the checks and balances placed by the judicial system in making sure that only relevant and admissible evidence is presented to the jurors, thereby ensuring that the jurors decide the matter on evidence that is relevant and not detrimental, but it also results in causing mistrials or appeals. The jurors merely think they are doing good by researching deeper for the case they have to decide upon; however, steps should be taken for the curtailment of this trend so that the justice system, based on the adversarial system, can operate in a fair and balanced manner.
Schwartz, John. “More Web-Savvy Jurors Nose Around, Cause Mistrials.” New York Times, EXACT DATE March 2009: Page Number. Print.