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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Judge Removes Juror For Facebook Comment; Sentences Her To Write Essay On Sixth Amendment

From the AP: a judge hearing a case of resisting arrest removed a juror in the case for posting a Facebook page on which the juror had written that it was "gonna be fun to tell the defendant they're GUILTY" during the trial. The judge, told by the defense of the existence of the statement, sentenced the former juror to a fine and to write an essay on the importance of the right to a fair trial.

Judge Druzinski told juror Hadley Jons, "You violated your oath. ... You had decided she was already guilty without hearing the other side." Ms. Jons apologized to the court. The defense attorney's son found Ms. Jons' statement on Facebook.

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