Juror: Social Network Posts Are Private
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.February 16, 2011
A juror who posted comments on Facebook during an attempted murder trial has filed a lawsuit in the wake of a judge's order to release those postings to the defense. Courthouse News Service reports that the juror has filed a federal complaint alleging the judge's order "violates his privacy and his right to avoid self-incrimination." The postings were seen by another juror he "friended" online after the trial--as well as others involved in the case--and brought to the court's attention. In addition to the judge, the juror's suit names the state of California, Facebook and all five criminal defendants, the report states, "asserting his right to the privacy of his Facebook postings."