TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Jan 15, 2015

The influence of social media is creeping into the courtroom more and more, Knoxblogs reports. Facebook and other social media sites are fertile ground for divorce lawyers looking for dirt, while the location feature on Twitter has helped prosecutors in Knox County track and take down gangbangers. However, last week the Tennessee Criminal Court of Appeals delved into a Davidson County murder case in which a juror sent a private Facebook message to a medical examiner with whom he used to work after her testimony. While the court ruled no harm, no foul, the encounter shows that judges need to be mindful of how social media can affect courtroom proceedings.