Posted November 24, 2008 2:53 pm by with 5 comments

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social justice?By Taylor Pratt

In what will most likely become a trend in the social networking realm, a British juror was removed from the jury for posting a “note” on Facebook. According to the The Sun, a U.K. tabloid who originally broke the story, she was asking for advice from her friends on what they thought the outcome of the trial should be. She was unable to make a decision herself.

As social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter continue to grow, will this become more of a problem? In addition to the increase in social networking sites, smart phones are making it easier than ever to login to your favorite social site and share your thoughts. How will governments be able to prevent jurors from accessing these sites, and should there be a punishment for disclosing the confidential information? Let us know your thoughts.

On the bright side, this could be another way out of jury duty!

via CNET News.

Taylor Pratt is a Search Marketing Specialist at nFusion, a results focused marketing agency.

  • Sarah Fowler

    Of course there should be punishment for disclosing confidential information! As a juror, don’t you have to swear not to disclose any of the information – and refrain from watching TV, reading the newspaper, or discussing any part of the trial with your friends/family/etc.? How are social networks any different?
    A whole separate issue is why someone would use Facebook to get her friends’ opinion instead of making her own decision. Has peer pressure become so crippling that they can’t make a legal decision without checking to see whether it’s okay with the cool kids? That’s ridiculous.

  • Like Sarah, I see Facebook as media and there is no difference in this case between websites and newspapers.

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  • In many high-profile cases judges have confiscated cell phones. This seems likely to become standard procedure as internet-ready phones become ubiquotus. However, for the most part, what is said at a trial is a matter of public record. I agree with Sarah, however, how powerful has “groupthink” become?

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