JuryScout can create detailed profiles for each individual juror based on their online habits, which include but are not limited to: frequency of updates (in terms of photos, status, and comments), the number of social network profiles each juror has, whether their blogs and profiles are protected (i.e., private vs. public), the number of online aliases, how much personal content is revealed within public forums, thoughts on current events, relevant trial issues or possible biases.
By creating a personalized matrix of information for each potential juror, JuryScout can provide additional insights into whether a juror may or may not have attributes that lead to bias. Additionally, jurors may be monitored during trial and/or post-verdict to see if they are posting about aspects of the case and/or communicating amongst one another during trial. For example, Magna was retain post-verdict on a high profile case involving sexual harassment of an employee. Following an unfavorable verdict JuryScout was able to go back and look at cached information and located four (4) jurors who violated the court’s instruction not to do research or discuss the case. Counsel was able to use this information as part of the appeal.
As courts are by and large limiting access to jurors during jury selection, JuryScout can be used as a compliment to traditional jury selection services (such as voir dire questionnaire development and public records searches). Social media information may provide additional information on venire panelists which when compiled, may show political and religious affiliations, biases, and the like.