Orange County: Facebook Postings Led to Juror’s Dismissal
Posted on Dec 05, 2011
In Orange County, one of the jurors of a murder trial was dismissed after posting information about the people involved in the proceedings on Facebook, including that she wanted to contact the accused killer, Christian William Carney, after the trial and criticism of her fellow jurors, explains an Orange County injury lawyer. Upon discovering the postings, Deputy District Attorney Ebrahim Baytieh requested the judge to dismiss the juror, as well as subject her to legal prosecution. Superior Court Judge William Froeberg had instructed jurors not to share information about the trial on social media websites or elsewhere online. He dismissed the juror; however, no charges have been filed, reported the Los Angeles Times.
This incident illustrates that posting information on the internet concerning a case is considered highly detrimental, be it a trial for murder or personal injury. In the latter instance, if the plaintiff claiming to have suffered injuries as a result of the defendant’s negligent actions posts content that contradicts this claim, he or she may jeopardize the case. Given that the law on whether or not such information can be considered admissible evidence is still evolving, plaintiffs should refrain from sharing information relevant to their case online. Recently, a judge in New York deemed a plaintiff’s historical Facebook and MySpace accounts as discoverable because they contained content pertinent to the plaintiff’s claims of personal injury and pain and suffering.
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