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 charge 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.
- Who can you friend? (one bar association has an opinion)
- Social media and trial preparation
- The Maryland Court of Special Appeals addresses the social media for (what I think) was the first time
- Defense lawyers are spending a lot of time digging for dirt on plaintiffs on Facebook
- Jury selection and Facebook
- Another juror on Facebook story
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