Facebooking juror gets 8 months
Jailed over msg lol
Joanne Fraill, the juror who admitted contacting an acquitted defendant during a drugs trial, has been sentenced to eight months in prison.
The 40-year-old was a juror in a drugs trial when she contacted Jamie Sewart, who had been acquitted earlier in the trial.
Sewart got two months, suspended for two years for contempt of court. She was told the sentence was suspended because she has a young child, the BBC reports.
Fraill's actions caused the judge to dismiss the jury and the trial collapsed. She discussed the jury's deliberations with Sewart and other messages seemed to suggest she knew she was acting illegally.
Fraill also admitted Googling Sewart's boyfriend Gary Knox, another defendant. UK juries are specifically warned to ignore any information outside that presented in court.
The case is expected to lead to more explicit advice to juries that they cannot discuss cases outside the jury room whether in person, on Twitter or in any other form. ®
"It's shocking that people are just so stupid."
Comment from another article, but still relevent!
Even More Shocking
And even more shocking that it is even possible for someone that stupid to be put in a position to determine another humans fate
dont make me laugh
I've been on jury duty 3 times now and I'm amazed at the depth and number of morons that get to decide these cases. The system is flawed, most people with a bit of brains will do anything to get out of jury services, be that cause there company wont pay them or because its such a huge ball ache. Whereas the morons and lay abouts of the world love the jury summons, while I was there on my first experience we had 2 jurors refuse to give opinions or decide anything, was the evidence not so good? was there some legal issue? no. one decided she wasnt going to have anything to do with it because 'the police are shit' a statement I fully agree with but hardly related and the other one, bless her, refused to get involved as her son was the same age as the 'defendant' and could never have done the things hes accused of, seriously I shit you not.