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Monday, December 7, 2015
Save your social media posts for AFTER the verdict
In a November 4, 2015 story, a New York judge declared a mistrial after the jury forewoman was so addicted to Facebook that, despite the standard admonition not to do so, she posted about the trial while the trial was still ongoing.
Juror dismissed for sharing trial details on Facebook
I've heard of social media addiction, but really? You think your circle of friends is so enamored of you that you can't keep quiet about what you're doing during the day, for even the few days it takes for a short criminal trial to be concluded?
You can post all about the trial AFTER IT'S OVER. Is that so hard?
What's also interesting to me, is that with this juror dismissed from the trial, only 11 jurors were left, and a criminal conviction requires 12 votes of guilty. Why weren't there any alternate jurors? In CA, we almost always have 1-2 alternates for every trial, both civil and criminal, so the trial can go forward even if a juror or two must be dismissed for illness or conduct or for whatever reason.
This juror was fined $1000. Ouch.
I wonder what she wrote on her Facebook page the day she was fined..............