The American Bar Association has decided it is ethical for lawyers to review the social media sites of jurors.
The ABA says any publicly available information on people called for jury service and even jurors in deliberations are fair game. It says passive gathering of social media posts, including public Facebook posts and tweets, is ethical research.
It warned attorneys not to follow or friend jurors or do anything that would invade their private Internet lives.
The ABA began reviewing the issue about two years ago.
It issued the “formal opinion” in April and it will serve at the national ethical guideline for lawyers.