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Facebook's influence on juror selection

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -

The legal system continues to lag behind technology advancements, and it could play a part in an upcoming jury selection.

Right now there are no rules limiting what people put on their Facebook page while serving jury duty, but in cases where prosecutors are seeking the death penalty it's a major point of focus.

Legal experts say lawyers are hiring jury consultants to comb through selected jury members to make sure they show no bias going in.

Cheryl Hanna expects this will be especially true in the Michael Jacques jury selection.

"Sometimes in those cases we see courts say, you know, we're either going to stop the trial or declare a mistrial because the jury has been engaged in some improper outside conduct that was discovered through the use of their Facebook page," she says.

Hanna says your page likes and even the TV shows you watch can play a part in whether or not you can serve on the jury.

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