Juror Gets in Trouble After 'Friending' Defendant
Jonathan Hudson gets community service for Facebook interaction
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2011 11:21 AM CDT
The Facebook logo is displayed at a news conference in New York in this November 6, 2007 file photo.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, file)

(Newser) – Note to jurors: Probably not a good idea to “friend” the defendant in your case on Facebook. Jonathan Hudson, 22, was slapped with four counts of contempt of court for doing just that, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Hudson attempted to contact Courtney Downing, the defendant in a case involving a 2008 car wreck, on July 18. She told her lawyer, who then told the judge, and Hudson was booted from the jury.

Afterward, Hudson contacted Downing yet again—this time to apologize and claim he thought she was someone else. Court records show that she didn’t believe him. Hudson, who pleaded guilty, was sentenced to two days of community service. He was also accused of talking about the case on his Facebook page, but he complained to Downing that he was “pretty upset over this” because he “pretty much just said I was selected to be on a jury.” For more tales of court-related Facebook misbehavior, see here, here, here, and here.

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Aug 29, 2011 5:56 PM CDT
More proof, you don't have to be an idiot to use Facebook - But it helps!
Aug 29, 2011 1:12 PM CDT
Epic fail.
Aug 29, 2011 11:37 AM CDT
"Why do the children put beans in their ears, when the one thing we told them was not to put beans in their ears!" Just tellin' . . .