So the 17-year-old son of the lawyer for the defendant just happened to find the comment on Facebook... or was he searching for "dirt" to dig up on any of the juror's by searching their names on Facebook/Google. "Dirt" for, you know, a mistrial of some sort?
Im sure that by not having a mistrial, this outcome is somewhat better. But by fining the juror and having an essay written, is in my opinion, a bit over the top.
I believe her mistake in this was filling in the "reason for no longer working" box incorrectly. she may have used the example of, "still working" as her reason, rather than "residual income" or even, "temporary work".
The basic understanding of "Employer" vs "Payment from" means completely different things in the eyes of the government.
I am pretty sure at this point that she was not employed by Google at any time during her unemployment claim. So to fill out the box that says "Employer Name" or even the one labeled, "Reason for no longer working", would be the wrong answer... even though she meant well.
The Continued Claim form does have an error on it, in the fact that it's required question, "Did you work or earn money", "Employer Name (required)" and "Reason for No Longer Working (required)" insists that all money earned is received from an employer and that you were employed to be able to have received that money... Rather than receiving money from any source of gambling winnings, gift or in this case, residual income.
Since the average unemployment benefits is $292 a week and the maximum in only a handful of states is $475 a week ($400 being the maximum in most US states)...
I can see that reporting on your weekly unemployment continued claim form that your earnings of $100 (through ads) during a week's period would mean $100 will be deducted from your weekly befits. That should not be much of an issue and to my best of understanding, that is basically how it works.
The same could be said that $100 out of $405 (in NY) could also mean that "unemployment benefits were greatly reduced"... by about one quarter... for that weekly benefit amount. The following week resets to your full weekly benefit's amount.
That being said, if you report an amount on your claim form, your weekly benefit will be reduced by that much unless the amount you are reporting is higher than the maximum amount your weekly benefit is for, in which case, you will not receive any benefits for that week.
But to say, "greatly reduced", can be read as a shocking amount until you actually know all the numbers involved. In this case, "greatly reduced" equals "by 25%".
At least there is a federal stimulus payment of $25/week being added to people's unemployment checks that does not get touched.