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 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.

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.juror facebook friend defendant

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