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How did Social Media Affect the Jodi Arias Trial?

At one point during the notorious Jodi Arias trial, seven of the top trending topics in the United States on social media site, Twitter were related to the case. Additionally, “Nancy Grace" and “Jodi Arias" were two of the top ten topics tweeted across the world. For those of you that aren’t familiar with Twitter, a topic is defined by a “hashtag" (e.g. #JodiArias).

Though not all criminal trials are followed as widely as Jodi Arias’, the effect that social media may have on future cases is concerning. For instance, some passionate followers of the Arias murder trial have been accused of threatening and intimidating witnesses via social media. Whether or not social media affected the outcome of the trial is a matter of opinion.

In the future, it may be predicted that similar cases involving murder and controversy will be equally popular on social media sites. However, it is important to remember that anything you post on the Internet may be used against you in court if you are being investigated for a crime. Additionally, if you are involved in any legal proceeding in any way, posting about the case on the Internet is never a good idea as it could lead to criminal charges or other litigation.

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