I don’t tend to follow the sensational trials very closely, so maybe I’ve just never noticed before, but the amount of information being made public about the jury for Dr. Conrad Murray’s murder trial disturbs me. It’s enough to make me think twice about jury duty.
What kind of information, you ask?
There’s a brief list here, but things like age, sex, race, occupation, marital status, number of children and grandchildren, family history of drug or alcohol abuse.
Yes, the names are absent, but still. In a million years it would never occur to me that my 39 pages of personal information, filled out for the purpose of jury selection, would be released to the media.
I may choose to disclose much of that information here, tied to a name and picture no less. But if I do, it’s by my choice. On my terms.
Maybe I’m overreacting, but I can’t help but feel uncomfortable when the media starts poring over the juror’s personal details on the morning news. What do you think?
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