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Facebook Comment Causes Juror to be Removed and Fined

Posted on Sep 15, 2010 in Courts, Local Issues, National Issues

As social media come to dominate more and more of our daily lives, unexpected consequences are emerging in a number of arenas. Recently, a Michigan juror selected to sit on the trial of a woman accused of resisting arrest was removed from the trial when the defense attorney's teenage son found a Facebook comment from her saying "gonna be fun to tell the defendant they're GUILTY" before the trial had even started. The judge appointed to the case removed the 20 year old juror, fined her $250, and required her to write an essay on the Sixth Amendment. This case provides an example of how difficult it can be to maintain the confidential matter of court cases in an era of mass connectivity. Several states have been prompted to implement court rules forbidding the electronic disclosure of information related to trials outside of the courtroom. This is also an example of one of many things that can cause someone accused of a crime to to be denied their constitutional right to a fair trial - something to which Bloom Legal is very committed. If you or a loved one are arrested, contact Bloom Legal today at 504-599-9997 to discuss how we can ensure your right to a fair trial and help fight the charges against you.

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