Facebook Friending Juror Pleads Guilty

A juror has been sentenced to community service after pleading guilty to “friending” the defendant on Facebook and discussing the case on the social media site.

The defendant in a car accident case was Facebook friended after the first day of trial. The Defendant played it straight and told her lawyer and the judge removed the juror.

I’m not a big libertarian. And I understand where the prosecutor’s office was coming from on this. But, personally, I don’t know that we should be charging people with any crimes for any reason for Facebook friending someone. Clearly, this 22 year-old kid is guilty of using awful judgment. But a crime? No.

I think I keep underestimating the impact of social media on jury trials. These “social media impacts trials” types of stories are coming in by the bushel load.facebook

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  • Avenger

    I disagree Ron. We are seeing way too much juror misconduct and the only way to deter it is through tough sanctions

  • Ron Miller

    I’m not unmindful of this opinion. This just does not have a misconduct feel to me. Truth is, it all worked out for the best. He obviously didn’t belong on the jury.

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