Posts Tagged ‘trial system’

Juror blabs about case on Facebook

March 21, 2009

Eric Wuest, a juror in a high profile corruption trial involving a Pennsylvania state senator revealed on his Facebook profile for people to “”stay tuned for the big announcement on Monday”.   He didn’t think this was a problem because he wasn’t explicit about his role as a juror on this trial.  The judge agreed and decline to have him removed from the jury.

However, it appears that new rules will have to be put in place for jurors and social media.  The ease of publicly posting information about a case and for nearly anyone finding that information puts the jury system at risk.  Trial lawyer and jury consultant Anne Reed warned that “dozens of people a day are sending Tweets or Facebook messages from courthouses all over America”.