September 3, 2010
At least wait until after the defense puts on its case before Facebook-ing "gonna be fun to tell the defendant they're GUILTY"
Sounds like the prosecutor was very, very persuasive. The Facebook post was discovered by the teenage son of the defense attorney. The juror, of course, was booted out of the jury box and the judge sentenced her to write a five-page essay on the Sixth Amendment. No word on whether the judge first read the following statement to her in court:
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district where in the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
Also, no word on whether the judge ordered the ousted juror to post her essay on Facebook.
Hat tip to Media Law Prof Blog. [JH]