Jurors Asked about Facebook Friends

According to this article, in a West Virginia case a juror had befriended the defendant  only through myspace.com but that connection resulted in the case being overturned.  As a result jurors in another high profile West Virginia case are being asked whether they are “friends” with the defendant on Facebook or other social networking websites.

Is that Enough?

There is a slippery slope here as there are all kinds of ways people could be “connected” on the Internet.  They could be friends of a third party.  They could have both commented on a blog and even referenced each other with their comments.  For purposes of serving on a jury, what is the minimum connection to constitute an online relationship?

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