Thursday, September 1, 2011

Can't we all just be friends? Err... no!

Every time we have a trial, Judge Lynch goes to great pains to explain to jurors that 'not communicating' with trial participants, each other, and the media includes every known form of technology. It's kind of cute because, legal genius that he is, Judge Lynch probably doesn't use too many of the social media outlets. You can tell by the way he talks about them. Anyhoo. . .

If only all jurors everywhere listened to their judges instructions.

The story begins like this:

A North Texas juror who was booted from a trial has been cited for contempt after trying to “friend” the defendant on Facebook.

Yeah, I know. Amazing. Full story here.


  1. As I said to Judge Phillips on his Facebook page the other day, I think two nights in the pokey would have been more appropriate.

  2. Oh my God, that is appalling. First, how stupid can one be? Second, I've never been on a jury but do jurors really not talk to EACH OTHER until deliberations? Seems like an impossible thing.

  3. Lisa: correct, jurors are forbidden from talking to each other about the case during the trial. Our judge is very clear, numerous times a day, on that point. And in my experience, jurors take their job very seriously and I imagine the abide by the rule.
    But I agree, wouldn't you want to just get an idea of what others were thinking?!


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