If You're On A Jury, You Probably Shouldn't Ask Your Facebook Friends For Their Guilty/Not Guilty Votes

from the just-a-suggestion dept

Apparently, a woman in the UK came up with a rather novel approach to "crowdsourcing," when she used Facebook to ask her friends how they would vote in a criminal case for which she was on the jury. Not surprisingly, using Facebook in this manner got her kicked off the jury pretty quickly. Of course, I would guess this isn't the best way to get out of jury duty either, as I'd imagine such a stunt would put you at risk of getting charged with contempt of court as well.

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    Anonymous Coward, 25 Nov 2008 @ 2:12pm

    There could be a positive side to this-- Crowdsourcing for RIAA/MPAA cases where a Jury is involved may be great way of showing how a 99ยข song could be worth millions of dollars.

    Muhahaha! The lawyers will thank me later: (Come on, guys it's more billable hours!)

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    Anonymous Coward, 25 Nov 2008 @ 2:41pm

    one of the fatal flaws of democracy is that its success relies on the naive notion that more than half of the people will be right more than half of the time.

    what an idiot, and a prime example of how uneducated people are these days in this country.

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    Ralph, 25 Nov 2008 @ 3:30pm

    Hmm

    You can mention jury nullification during voir dire. Judges and lawyers hate jurors who are well informed.

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    Rekrul, 25 Nov 2008 @ 4:46pm

    You can mention jury nullification during voir dire. Judges and lawyers hate jurors who are well informed.

    I was just thinking the exact same thing! :)

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