Saturday, October 23, 2010

Private Investigator News: Facebooking in Court: Coping With Socially Networked Jurors

"At the office, in the car or anywhere else, we share every detail of our daily existence in real time on Facebook. Most of the time, this is acceptable and constitutionally protected behavior. But what happens in the courtroom when jurors post their opinions about a case online during trial?

Last month, one Michigan juror found out. Before the case was over, this juror posted on Facebook how it was "gonna be fun to tell the defendant they're GUILTY." Alert defense counsel saw the posting, and the trial judge dismissed the juror, fined her $250 and ordered her to write a five-page essay about the constitutional right to a fair trial.

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