Judge William Alsup is on a mission to protect the privacy of jurors. And he’s using an upcoming jury trial in Oracle’s copyright case against Google as his platform to raise questions on the subject.
In March, the seasoned U.S. District Court judge in California rejected a proposed jury questionnaire and then suggested a ban on Internet searches of potential jurors, all in the name of safeguarding their privacy. While it’s unclear if other judges will follow his lead, experts say Alsup’s rulings are getting lots of attention.
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