Performance of your duty as a juror is vital to our system of justice. Perform your duty without any fear, favor, or passion, and base your verdict on the evidence. I will give you the applicable law.
You must decide this case based solely on the evidence presented in this courtroom. This means that during the trial you must not conduct any independent research about this case, the matters in the case, or the individuals or entities involved. You must not consult dictionaries or other reference materials, search the internet, or use any electronic device to obtain information about this case. Do not obtain information from any source outside the courtroom or visit the scene of any events discussed during trial.
During this trial, you must not talk to anyone, including your family and friends, about the case. You must not communicate with anyone about the case on your cell phone or other wireless devices, through e-mail, text messaging, or any social networking medium, including [list social networking sites]. While you deliberate you will not be allowed to possess any wireless communication device.
The parties have a right to have this case decided only on evidence they know about and that has been presented here in court. If you communicate about the case or do some research, investigation, or experiment that we do not know about, then your verdict may be influenced by inaccurate, incomplete or misleading information that has not been tested by the trial process, including the oath to tell the truth and the right to cross-examination. That would not be fair to the parties.
Until you deliberate, please do not discuss the case with anyone or remain within hearing of anyone who is discussing it outside the courtroom.
Please inform the bailiff if you become aware of any violation of these instructions.
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NDRCt 6.11, 10.1(d)