Thursday, January 5, 2012

Juror Booted for "Friending" Defendant

Not surprisingly, there have been a lot of recent cases involving social media and jurors; in terms of abuses, this one appears to be among the most egregious.

Here, the juror, Jacob Jock, was in a jury pool for a personal injury lawsuit involving a traffic accident, and said he decided to look up people in the case to see if he knew them. When he came across the female defendant’s profile, Jock claims he “accidentally friend requested her,” when he didn’t think he’d get picked for the jury.  After getting kicked off the jury, Jock dug an even deeper hole for himself by posting some inane comments on Facebook about getting kicked off. In terms of sanctions/punishments against him, nothing appears to have been done.  Based on these limited facts, there should have been.


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