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The American Bar Association said that social media posts can be used by lawyers during jury selection. (PHOTO: shutterstock.com )

ABA says it's ethical to consider social media posts in jury selection


Who owns your social media digital information?

If you said you do, then you are wrong. There is nothing free about free social media. As part of the pages of information a user agrees to as part of the set-up process is information that covers who owns the material, and depending on the platform, the controls that could limit who can see it.

Now, depending what's on your social media account may get you selected to or able to avoid jury duty. The American Bar Association recently said that it is ethical for lawyers to search though the open information on accounts. That could mean, depending on the trial during the selection process, legal counsel could choose or dismiss you based on what you like or what you may say in your updates.

Your pictures on Instagram, the updates on Facebook and Twitter and all your pins on Pinterest could become part of a trial.

This is a great departure from what has been acceptable in American courts in the past. Before, judges would rule on what the lawyers could access and limit what would be allowed for jury selection and for evidence in the case trial.

The new ruling could mean that it isn't wrong for lawyers to check on the status updates of jurors who are in current deliberations. Judges usually tell jurors to stay away from social media and that they can't post anything about the trial to which they are assigned.

As in each individual case, the judge has the ultimate say on what can be and what can't be used. But, through the system the lawyers could appeal that ruling.

Overall, as the digital and media worlds are in a constant flux, it is important to know how the information you share may be used.

INTELLIGENCE: John Tesh and his production company announced this week the addition of 22 affiliates for his "The John Tesh Radio Show – Intelligence For Your Life."

Locally, WZTI-AM 1390 is one of the new stations on Tesh's list.

The musician and former television host shares notes and tidbits that he and his producers research and better living and items people may not know about. Find out more about the show online.

CHANGES: Journal Broadcast Group made a number of staffing changes in the radio operations. Tom Sheridan was promoted to director of sales and Jason Bjorson was elevated from local sales manager to general sales manager.

"In this role, Tom (Sheridan) has more clearly-defined, overall responsibility and accountability for all top-line revenue at Milwaukee's Radio Operations," said Tom Langmyer, the Journal's VP of news-talk programming.

"With his promotion we have eliminated the previous dual reporting structure for interactive and national sales and streamlined our sales organization."

Katie O'Connell was promoted to executive producer, digital content and social media.

"This new lead position will drive our content and social media strategies across all platforms," Langmyer told the RAMP newsletter, covering the broadcast industry.

Collin Roth was upped to managing editor for Right Wisconsin, and Bryan Shore and Steve Frank have been named digital sales associates for Milwaukee's radio operations.

"This solid new structure and excellent team will lead us in product development, cross-platform content and revenue growth," Langmyer said.

CAREER CHANGE: For the past 13 years, brand manager Lauri Jones is leaving WJMR-FM Jammin' 98.3. According to Saga Communications, Jones is leaving the broadcast world.

If you would like to be considered for the Adult Urban Contemporary station's leadership team, email brandmanager@sagacom.com. Candidates must be able to produce a station that has high entertainment value, create exciting promotions and manage all digital platforms.

MONEY TALK: Fox Business Network's Peter Barnes will interview Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Charles Plosser at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Barnes will talk with Plosser about his views on monetary policy, interest rates and the future of the economy.

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