Daniel P. Westman

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The Internet and, in particular, social media have changed the landscape of federal and state jury instructions, which now prohibit jurors from conducting independent research on the Internet, from sending emails, texts, Facebook postings, tweets or other electronic communications conveying developments in a trial or in deliberations, and from using mobile cameras to record courtroom proceedings.  Recently, the New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA) Committee on Professional Ethics (“Committee”) weighed in on a new area…