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Judge: Juror Must Turn Over Online Posts

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

February 7, 2011

A California judge has ordered a juror to turn over social networking posts he made during the trial of several gang members or face possible jail time, Mercury News reports. The juror's attorney has called the order an invasion of privacy and plans to appeal, while defense counsel for the alleged gang members have suggested the posts will help determine whether the juror was influenced by communications outside of the courtroom. The juror had "allegedly characterized the evidence as 'boring' in one posting and revealed he was on the jury in another," the report states.
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