May 24, 2022

"Judge John Kane On ‘Mistrial By Google"

From Law Week Colorado:

“Mistrial by Google” is a worrying phenomenon, but one that can be overcome by smart trial management, says Senior U.S. Judge John Kane of Colorado’s federal trial court.

Googling is the new national pastime, but it’s one that simply won’t fly if you’re on a jury. Even so, with such vast stores information but a few taps of the smartphone away, jurors increasingly yield to the impulse to conduct their own online research rather than rely solely on information presented at trial. Kane talked with Stephanie West Allen’s Ideablawg about ways to prevent mistrials due to juror Googling.

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.