Report: British juror axed for disclosures on Facebook

Juror in a child abduction and sexual assault case apparently posted details to her Facebook profile. She was kicked off the jury after the court was tipped off.

A British woman has reportedly been kicked off a jury for posting a "note" on Facebook asking her friends what they thought of the trial.

She was given the boot after the court received a tip about the posting.

The original source of the story is the U.K. tabloid The Sun, which is better known for trashy stories about Prince Harry's partying habits than for sound news about social networking.

Regardless, spilling court case details on the Web certainly sounds like pretty good grounds for getting the boot.

The Sun explains: "It was thought she did not use privacy settings, meaning the Facebook posts could be read by anyone." Well, not quite. You need to be logged into Facebook in order to read anything on the site, something that occasionally gets on the nerves of the "open Web" crowd . But if the juror had no friends-only settings in place, the note could still have been pretty public.

The woman's name has not been released, but the court appears to have been Burnley Crown Court in Lancastershire, and the case involved child abduction and sexual assault. According to The Sun, the woman posted details of the case on Facebook and added, "I don't know which way to go, so I'm holding a poll." Yeah, that's bad.

The trial is said to have continued with 11 jurors instead of 12.

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