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Juror Appealing Social Network Order

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

February 8, 2011

The attorney representing a juror ordered to divulge Facebook posts he made while serving on the trial of several alleged gang members is filing an appeal, CNET News reports. Ken Rosenfeld, a California criminal defense attorney, said forcing jurors to turn over correspondence in the form of Facebook posts "would be catastrophic in terms of free speech, justice and the jury system itself." Judge Michael Kenny wrote in his order that, "It is clear that the law was not intended to allow a juror to violate the court's admonition to keep silent about a case and then claim that the act made the very postings that violated the admonition private and unreachable."
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