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Trial by Facebook?

According to an article on brand republic today a juror was thrown off a trial in Lancashire after she posted a poll on facebook asking friends if they thought the defendants were guilty.

She wrote: "I don't know which way to go, so I'm holding a poll."

Although by law jurors are not allowed to discuss the details of cases with anyone, including friends and family members, this really isn't a million miles away from the televised trials in the USA that we see more and more of.

Perhaps with the increasing use of social media in today's society we're not that far away from a virtual platform allowing defendants to be tried by their peers online...?


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