Juror found guilty of contempt after Facebook conversation with defendant

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The power of social networking is now stronger than ever thanks to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. We recently heard news of an injunction which was broken using Twitter and now we have news of a juror who has been found guilty of contempt through Facebook.

The juror, Joanne Fraill was caught having a conversation over the social network site with a defendant in a court case before the criminal trial was concluded. Fraill’s conversation with Jamie Sewart, though it seemed harmless, was severely damaging as it breached court laws.

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As a result Fraill now faces up to two years in prison despite admitting to the crime as the case can no longer continue. Included in the conversation, which can be confusing if you are not familiar with online chat abbreviations, were mentions of the case and the jury.

A pseudonym was also used in an attempt to remain anonymous; however it doesn’t appear to have worked. Check out the recorded conversation for yourself in the article at The Inquirer to see just how confusing it was.

What are your views on sites like Facebook being used as evidence in court cases?