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Juror Twitters Opinions During Trial, Causes Defendant to File Appeal

The Twittering Juror: When Should You Not Twitter?

Alright people, we've discussed what not to Twitter, and now it seems some people need to know when not to Twitter.

A man who had recently served as a juror on a trial later Twittered some strong opinions about the defendant whose fate he'd decided. Since the Internet is anything but a person's private playground, the losing client found these disparaging remarks and is using them as the basis for an appeal, because the Twitters show that the juror was biased against them.

Maybe they're "grasping at straws," as the Twittering juror says, but either way, a subject that sensitive is definitely something you shouldn't Twitter. It may not be TMI, but it's still a time in your life when you shouldn't be Twittering.

When else is a bad idea to Twitter?

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sparklestar sparklestar 7 years
If I was going to do this I'd at least PROTECT MY UPDATES. Oh wait, I have protected updates. =)
Soluto Soluto 7 years
Trial By Twitter (CARTOON) Check out my CARTOON and post on this story. http://www.pcdisorder.com/2009/03/trial-by-twitter.html
neko neko 7 years
I can't imagine any time being on a jury and twittering about the case would be a good idea.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Gah, if I was trying this case - and had to RE TRY IT (if it was a mistrial and remanded) I would be furious.
kscincotta kscincotta 7 years
As I understand the story, the man wasn't Twittering during the trial, he just posted his thoughts on it afterwards. So I think this is more of a "what not to Twitter" kind of story. But yeah, this guy was way out of line!
genvessel genvessel 7 years
a: how did they even get the phone into the room? b: the name of the post made me think of 'the rural juror' from 30 Rock and I giggled.
Atiyah Atiyah 7 years
Last time I went to jury duty I couldn't even take my phone in the court because it has a camera on, I had to leave it in a locker before i went through security.
Merlin713 Merlin713 7 years
How did this person even remotely think this is okay?!
starangel82 starangel82 7 years
Sorry, but Twitter during a trial is a very big no-no. Twittering during a big meeting, in church, or at a funeral seem like big no-nos to me too.
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