No doubt you saw the poll result that reveals over 75% of people see internet access as a fundamental human right (I posted a link to one of the articles if you missed it). But what made me think twice about the result was the following very timely and complete article at The First Amendment Center which points out just how incompatible our system of jurisprudence and your “human rights” can be. Are your human rights are a crime?
San Francisco Superior Court on Jan. 1 began including such instructions after some of the 600 jurors said they went online because there were no explicit prohibitions against such independent research.
“You may not do research about any issues involved in the case,” the new instruction states. “You may not blog, Tweet, or use the Internet to obtain or share information.”
A California legislator last month introduced a bill that would charge wayward jurors with a crime.
Almost 79 percent of those questioned said they strongly agreed or somewhat agreed with the description of the Internet as a “fundamental right of all people.” This included people who had access and those who did not.