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Contempt for Facebook… Getting Social in the Jurors Box

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

contempt of FacebookHave you ever seen someone post content on Facebook that you thought was inappropriate? What about someone post something on Facebook from an inappropriate location?  Well, if there is one thing that we could probably all agree on, it would be that there are good times to post on Facebook and bad times to post on Facebook.  That is the topic of today’s bail bond blog post. 

This past week in a Palm Beach, Florida courthouse, a man from Boca Raton posted some comments on a case he was observing.  You are probably saying, what is the big deal with that?  Normally, we would agree, it really isn’t a big deal to post a Facebook comment about a court case in most cases, however, if you are a juror on that specific court case who has been directed by the judge not to comment publically or talk about a case, than posting comments on Facebook would probably be a bad thing.  And in this particular case it was.  In the next few weeks all the violators of the judge’s orders will be brought in for questioning.  But this type of activity is not islolated to one or a few cases.   In fact, with the explosion of social media, in 2010 it was reported that there were over 90 cases where jurors have gotten a little too social in the jury box…so social that the cases were deemed mistrials.  So next time you get selected for jury duty, careful what you say online, because especially when you are in a court room, what you say can and will be used against you.  Read the original article below.

Original article: Palm Beach County juror removed in handcuffs, faces contempt charge over Facebook posting

Written by: Eric Granof

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