Jury Pool InvestigationsIdentifying Preexisting Biases & Opinions
Using social media to prescreen jurors can reveal potential biases, political leanings, personal relationships relative to the case, hobbies, interests, opinions on current news, relevant digital subscriptions, group memberships and affiliations. A Jury Pool Investigation can determine biases to significantly improve the effectiveness of jury selection and allow for selection of a fair, impartial jury.
We know there isn’t much time between receiving the jury list and the start of the trial. Ethos can also provide daily updates throughout the trial by monitoring social media activity, improper communication, posts related to the trial, and misconduct.
- Identifying Unfavorable Jurors
- Connections with Parties Involved
- Employment Information
- Home Address Demographics
- Political Affiliation
- Religious Ideology
- Marital Status
- Criminal and Civil Records
- Voter Registration
- Tax Liens
- Bankruptcy Filings
- Business Affiliations
- Active and Past Licenses
- Known Associates
Frequently Asked Questions
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO CONDUCT A JURY POOL INVESTIGATION? Jury pool investigations can be conducted at any stage of a trial. To receive the full benefit of such an investigation, we recommend our services before, during and after the trial.
HOW CAN THESE INVESTIGATIONS ASSIST AT THE ONSET OF A JURY SELECTION? Using social media to prescreen jurors can reveal potential biases, political leanings, personal relationships relative to the case, hobbies, interests, opinions on current news, relevant digital subscriptions, group memberships and affiliations.
HOW ARE INVESTIGATIONS CONDUCTED DURING THE TRIAL? Social media monitoring can be conducted twice per day throughout the duration of the trial. These investigations can provide real-time trial intelligence, may impact trial strategy, can identify juror misconduct on social media, and helps verify juror’s compliance with court instructions.
WHAT ARE POST-TRIAL INVESTIGATIONS? Database research and/or direct contact with jurors to assist with future trial strategy. These investigations come in the form of juror questionnaires which assist in future trial preparation, provide a better understanding of verdict and identify what, if anything, jurors are saying about the case.
ARE JURY POOL INVESTIGATIONS LEGAL? Absolutely! Ethos’s experienced investigators are trained on all privacy issues and handle jury pool investigations in a professional and ethical manner. Obtaining information about jurors outside of the traditional voir-dire process is fairly commonplace with courts, practitioners, and state bar associations all approving and encouraging its use. Additionally, juror information is generally outside the scope of discovery.