Judge removes juror after 'guilty' Facebook post

Even before the prosecution rests, the Detroit area juror--now former juror--posts on Facebook that the defendant is guilty.

Facebook would like us to believe the world will be a better place if we just share a little more of ourselves.

The road to a better world, though, is paved with faux pas.

You see, a woman in suburban Detroit was very excited to share her views about a trial. The defendant, she believed, was guilty of resisting arrest. So she posted her view to her friends and, depending on her privacy settings, quite a few other people too.

The only slight snag with her enthusiasm was that 20-year-old Hadley Jons was actually sitting on the jury.

And, well, according to the Associated Press, the jury hadn't quite decided whether the defendant was guilty or not. This might have been because the prosecution hadn't, in fact, finished presenting its case.

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Her Facebook post was slightly troubling in that she reportedly wrote: "Gonna be fun to tell the defendant they're guilty."

Well now, let she who is completely innocent cast the first stone and hope she is more accurate than the San Francisco Giants bullpen. The judge removed her from the jury and now Jons herself might be found guilty of something called contempt of court.

You might be wondering how her post came to the court's attention. No, the judge hadn't friended all of the jurors. Instead, the defense lawyer's son happened upon Jons' post, as he had decided to get to know the jury members a little better.

His mom, defense lawyer Saleema Sheikh, offered the AP these comforting words for Jons: "I would like to see her get some jail time, nothing major, a few hours or overnight."

Jons must now return to court Thursday so that the judge might weigh whether to find her Facebook actions contemptible.

Perhaps Jons will enter an apology (or even a plea) as a status update.

 

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