When serving jury duty, there are a few very important rules you need to follow. The most important rule being that you can't discuss the trial with anyone - including your fellow jury members.
So why would any juror even think to post live updates about the trial to social media?
“I wasn't thinking clearly,” was what one juror from Queens said after a judge was forced to declare a mistrial after the juror posted details of the trial she was part of to, you guessed it, Facebook.
Kimberly Ellis was sitting on the jury for a robbery case when she posted that she was "dying from boredom" and on average, posted twice a day about the trial. Among her comments:
“Everything about this process is inefficient. I’m trying to remain positive and centered but, truthfully, I’m dying from boredom.”
“God help me. The other jurors don’t trust the police and want to outright dismiss the confessions as well as the majority of the rest of the evidence. Tomorrow is going to be a very difficult day.”
Once her posts were discovered by one of her friends, who just so happened to be a former federal and Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office prosecutor, the alarm was sounded.
The judge on the case issued a mistrial and fined Ellis $1,000 and made sure Ellis was aware of the damage she caused:
We had an interpreter in that case. We have the court reporter, we have the clerk, and everybody else associated with the case and including the district attorney's time and effort and defense counsel.
This is just wasted taxpayers’ money because of what the defendant did. And it’s not that she was not aware.
There's lots of examples of things you shouldn't post on social media. Click here to see just a small sample.