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Twelve Angry iPhones

Pretty sure this is what you call a conceptual scoop:

The use of BlackBerrys and iPhones by jurors gathering and sending out information about cases is wreaking havoc on trials around the country, upending deliberations and infuriating judges.

Last week, a building products company asked an Arkansas court to overturn a $12.6 million judgment against it after a juror used Twitter to send updates during the civil trial.

Suuuper interesting. Great work by John Schwartz and the NYT.

March 17, 2009 / Uncategorized


In this case, the NYT’s crackerjack research consisted of two amazing steps.

1) Read Monday’s Philadelphia Daily News.

2) Do a Lexis-Nexis search for similar stories.


Well played… well played 🙂

Admittedly, I’m at an advantage — the Vince Fumo story is HUGE here, so the story of the juror updating his Facebook status (and Fumo’s lawyers seeking a mistrial for it) was likewise huge. Huge enough, I think, to be noticed at the Times.

I don’t mean to belittle this insight — sometimes it is a BIG idea to say “this is a trend, and this says something interesting about our changing world” — not getting lost in the details of the case, which the Daily News article I linked to above does.

The last time I was called for Jury Duty I got out of it, but it was physically painful not to Google the case on my phone. Perhaps I didn’t resist… I think they’re going to have to change the rules eventually.

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