Juror Dismissed Because of Facebook Post
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. – A judge removed a juror from a trial in suburban Detroit after the young woman wrote on Facebook that the defendant was guilty. The problem? The trial wasn’t over. Hadley Jons, of Warren just north of Detroit, could be found in contempt when she returns to the Macomb County circuit court Thursday.
Jons, 20, was a juror in a case of resisting arrest. On Aug. 11, a day off from the trial and before the prosecution finished its case, she wrote on Facebook that it was “gonna be fun to tell the defendant they’re guilty.”
This highlights an emerging issue in the world of information exposure and control. What you post on Facebook (words, videos, photos, status) can be used for other purposes (good and evil). Take a look at some of the ways law enforcement is using social networking profiles to keep tabs on you.