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Juror Posts Spark Privacy Debate

SOCIAL NETWORKING—U.S.

March 27, 2012

The Sacramento Bee reports on Juror Number One v. The Superior Court. California's Third District Court of Appeal is hearing arguments as to whether a juror must turn over Facebook posts that allegedly discussed the juror's ongoing thoughts during a murder trial. Justice Harry E. Hull said the juror's posts violated the trial judge's ruling for jurors not to discuss the case with anyone other than the jurors during deliberations. An attorney representing one of the defendants in the murder case said the posts prove the juror was prejudiced, the report states. Facebook was subpoenaed to turn over the juror's posts but won out because the forced disclosure would breach the federal Stored Communications Act. The defense attorney in the murder case, however, says preventing the disclosure of the posts violates his client's right to a fair trial.
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