The Internet has made following trials in real time feasible, more or less. For the press to cover controversial trials is nothing new, but in the past these were mostly criminal cases. Today, thanks to sites like groklaw.net, people can follow technology industry cases in detail – descriptions of what is going on in the courtroom, documents and (in the case of groklaw), unsparing commentary.
Groklaw is following Apple v. Samsung from a distance (at least compared to its recent coverage of Oracle v. Google), and the traditional press appears to be covering the case heavily, but only at a general level of detail. However, someone has put together a twitter feed consolidating the tweets of several industry reporters. It’s almost like a shadow jury, but a jury of people more knowledgeable about the companies involved than the average juror. And, in some cases, openly opinionated.
The lawyers involved in this case, and certainly in any case covered in detail by groklaw, must dread the possibility that jurors are reading these materials.
The twitter feed is here.