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Jury Service – No longer Just 12 Angry Men

Posted on Friday, 23rd August 2013 by
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Social media and the law seem to be causing many issues for users of Twitter and Facebook but recently it is in the jury room where social media is causing a stir. Two former jurors were found guilty of contempt of court for internet use and have been sentenced to 2 months in prison. Kasim Davey and Joseph Beard were convicted in separate trails after Attorney General Dominic Grieve brought the cases to the High Court as he said their behaviour could hinder and undermine justice.

Kasim Davey was convicted after posting on Facebook, ‘Wooow I wasn’t expecting to be in a jury deciding a paedophile’s fate, I’ve always wanted to f*** up a paedophile & now I’m in the law.’ Davey was discharged from the case after the judge was alerted to the post. At the High Court Davey said he was not aware that he had breached any formal order, although he claimed to know he was not allowed to discuss the case outside the jury room but he believed that the use of the internet was only prohibited to researching the case.

Joseph Beard caused the trial he was a juror on to be abandoned after five weeks when knowledge of his Google researching came to light. Beard was found to have researched the case using the search engine Google and then informed other jurors of the amount of victims of the alleged fraud. At the High Court Beard said he had researched the case to find out how long the trial would last as he was worried that it could take a long time.

These sentences handed down for these two jurors’ show the importance of unbiased and impartial jurors and the necessity to follow the directions given by the trial judge especially with the prevalence of  social media use.

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