The “Friendly” Jurors & Stored Communication Act

It is surprising this has not happened earlier: Two jurors meet and “friend” each other on Facebook during a criminal trial in California State Court.  The Criminal Defendant is found guilty.  Juror Number Five later informed the Criminal Defense Attorney the Juror Number One (hereinafter the Plaintiff) made comments about[…]

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Twitter: Prohibited Jury Communications in Missouri

The pending jury instructions from the Supreme Court of Missouri address Web 2.0 and instant communications head on.  The jury instruction specifically states: You are not permitted to communicate, use a cell phone, record, photograph, video, e-mail, blog, tweet, text, or post anything about this trial or your thoughts or[…]

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Juror Misconduct: When the Judge Says Don’t Talk About the Case, that Includes Facebook & Twitter

Who knew 140 characters, a few status messages, and tags could play a big role in a court opinion hitting juror misconduct?  It is not a huge surprise in a criminal case involving politics, money and fraud.  A Little Background: The Criminal Case against the Defendants Multiple Defendants were charged[…]

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