No Facebook Use While On Jury Duty

September 6, 2010

There is good reason to follow the judge’s and the deputies’ advice to turn off your cell phone, and to not communicate with anyone regarding the trial. After all, would you want a person who has already made up his mind to seat in the jury box or would you want someone to actually hear the evidence and make a decision based on that evidence?

A judge removed a juror from a trial in suburban Detroit after the young woman wrote on Facebook that the defendant was guilty. The problem? The trial wasnt over. Hadley Jons, of Warren just north of Detroit, could be found in contempt when she returns to the Macomb County circuit court Thursday.Jons, 20, was a juror in a case of resisting arrest. On Aug. 11, a day off from the trial and before the prosecution finished its case, she wrote on Facebook that it was “gonna be fun to tell the defendant they’re guilty.”

via Facebook post gets Detroit-area juror in hot water – Yahoo! News.

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  1. Janise Leon says:

    How is the court to enforce this? A juror can simply create an anonymous page or one under a pseudonym and then say whatever it pleases him or her. Will the court then get into the process of litigation and issuing subpoenas etc…? I don’t think so.

  2. Paul says:

    Thanks for the post – great information.

  3. Bob Keller says:

    I recently came across your blog and are already reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I’ve enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog really often.

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