Thou Shalt Not Google


Editor’s note: Alexandra Cacciatore is trial attorney with a J.D. from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles and a master’s degree in communication from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She loves a good jury trial.

At every break during the high-profile Ellen Pao v. Kleiner Perkins trial, Judge Harold Khan reminded the jurors, “Do not form or express any opinions about the case. Do not do any research. Do not read any news reports. Do not Google the case.”

It seems pretty difficult to ask, as the trial is one of the most media-frenzied Silicon Valley has ever seen, with photographers often lurking near the women’s restroom hoping to catch a valuable snap of the constellation of Silicon Valley stars in the courtroom like John Doerr, Megan Smith and Reddit CEO Pao herself.

But in the hub of tech innovation, 35 miles from the Google campus…

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