Juror's Facebook trouble
Yes, perhaps the juror should not have Facebooked about the Macomb County trial she was watching, but she's human and people do two things: they facebook about their lives with a false expectation of privacy and they form opinions even when ordered not to.
But what is more concerning to me about this case is why the defense attorney's son was searching for jurors on Facebook as part of his clerking duties.
Jurors are sacred in the court system, so much so that someone can get into trouble just talking to them if they know who they are and they are involved in the case the juror is hearing. So searching them out and checking out their profiles, walls, and photos if you're trying the case...it's only a click away from contacting a juror.
The essay and the education are OK for the contempt violation, but the fine might be heavy. Perhaps getting the essay done early should help reduce the fine.
Also, even if she thought the guy was guilty and was ready to convict, if the other 11 jurors were convinced he was innocent or not guilty, she would have agreed. Remember, she's not a one-person jury.