By Michael Thomsen For Dailymail.com
Published: 23:41 GMT, 3 March 2020 | Updated: 23:42 GMT, 3 March 2020
A new company is promoting a computer program to help overwhelmed lawyers screen potential jurors for characteristics that will be most favorable to their case.
Called Momus Analytics, the company was founded by attorney Alex Alvarez, who worked with Texas-based software designer Frogslayer to develop the program.
Alvarez has a pending patent application for the program, which will automatically collect and analyze data from a person’s various social media profiles.
A new computer program aims to help overworked lawyers screen potential jurors for their cases by analyzing data from their various social media profiles
The system will then assign numerical scores to the potential juror in three prospective categories: leadership, social responsibility, and personal responsibility.
The program will use information like a person’s occupation, political affiliation, education level, and even their ethnicity to determine values for each category, according to a report in Vice.
The system can also scan for potential discrepancies in data between a person’s different social media accounts as a indicator they might be unreliable.
Alvarez says the idea first came to him after a jury ruled against one of his clients in what he had thought would a straightforward personal injury suit.
‘If the reason I win or lose, or any lawyer wins or loses, is based on his skill level, then why did this happen?’ he said in a short promotional video explaining the project.
‘And that started me on a quest to find out why jurors decide cases and how juries are deciding cases in America.’
Alex Alvarez founded Momus Analytics after a jury ruled against one his clients in a personal injury case he thought was simple and straightforward
Juries are selected