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Thursday, September 2, 2010

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.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is worse, 20 year old dummy as a member of the jury or a corrupt and raicst judge?

Guess what, in Oakland County Circus Court you can have both and guys like Frye will cover it up.

September 21, 2010 at 5:28 PM 
Blogger Timothy P. Flynn said...

Steve, I agree with you that it is far more troubling that the defense attorney's "clerk" was searching for jurors on Facebook. The jury system is definitely sacred and should not be interfered with by attorneys. The defense attorney knew better.

October 2, 2010 at 4:18 AM 

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