October 6, 2010
ATLANTA -- Georgia State University Collegeof Law Professor Caren Myers Morrison recently was interviewed about the topic of her current paper, "Jury 2.0," which explores the impact of the Internet on the functioning of the jury and details the ways in which juror Internet use interferes with the rules governing both the functional and symbolic role of the jury.
Morrison, an assistant professor, was interviewed by Jerry Brito, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and director of its Technology Policy Program. In the interview, she cites examples of jurors using the internet to seek information about cases, Facebook-friending witnesses and defendants, and even blogging about trials on which they are deliberating. She also expounds upon jury tradition in America, the evolution of impartiality’s definition, jury secrecy and integrity, ramifications of jurors’ internet activities, and the future of the jury - Jury 2.0
A podcast of the interview is posted on the website Suprisingly Free, which hosts a weekly podcast featuring "in-depth discussins with an eclectic mix of authors, academics and entrepreneurs at the intersection of technology, policy and economics."
Morrison joined the College of Law in 2009. She teaches Criminal Procedure: Investigations, Criminal Procedure: Adjudication, and Evidence. Morrison served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Eastern District of New York from 2001 to 2006, where she prosecuted international narcotics traffickers and organized crime groups. Her current research focuses on the impact of electronic information on the criminal justice system.
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