Judge punishes Michigan juror for Facebook post

September 2, 2010 By ED WHITE , Associated Press Writer

(AP) -- A Detroit-area woman who was removed from a jury for declaring the defendant guilty on Facebook before the trial was over has been ordered to pay $250 and write an essay about the constitutional right to a fair trial.

Hadley Jons of Warren, Mich. told a on Thursday that she is "very sorry."

The 20-year-old woman was a juror in a case of resisting arrest. On Aug. 11, she wrote on that it was "gonna be fun to tell the defendant they're GUILTY." The trial wasn't over.

The defense team discovered the post and Judge Diane Druzinski removed Jons from the jury the next day.

Druzinski told Jons that she violated her oath to be fair and impartial. The five-page essay is due Oct. 1.

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Her fine should have been higher. Say, the cost of the retrial which inevitably took place.
not rated yet Sep 02, 2010
I guess taking an oath before hand was just free speech and the validity of her oath doesn't really matter. A lie is just as 'free speech' as the truth. We can thank the politicians for that view of reality, imho.
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Write an essay about what you did wrong? Seriously?? What is this, middle school?

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