August 31, 2011

Juror attempts to 'friend' defendant on Facebook

Better off the jury than on! ------
8-31-2011 National:

FORT WORTH, Texas - When you're trying to decide the guilt or innocence of someone on trial, it's probably not a good idea to 'friend' that person on Facebook.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports 22-year-old Jonathan Hudson was removed from a jury last month after trying to add the defendant as a Facebook friend.

The civil trial was over a 2008 car wreck and proceeded with 11 jurors.

Hudson had received jury instructions specifically forbidding jurors from discussing the case on social networks. He pleaded guilty last week to four counts of contempt and will serve two days of community service. ..Source.. by

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